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LibertyOperation Gratitude Gives a Soldier in Iraq a 2008 Liberty
Posted by mike on 2008/1/24 14:02:00 (3205) reads

Stryker Brigade News is reporting that Operation Gratitude, and organization that provides deployed soldiers with free stuff, recently gave a very surprised soldier the keys to a 2008 Jeep Liberty (which was donated by the Jeep brand of Chrysler LLC).

Spc. Michael Gallagher from Company A, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division from Fort Lewis, Wash., was the recipient of Operation Gratitude’s special care package.

“When my commander ordered me to show up to this ceremony, I thought it was just another care package and they were making a big deal about it because it was the 300,000th one,” said Gallagher. “When I opened up the envelope, (containing the keys to the jeep inside) it completely blew my mind.”

The care package contained other various gifts from U.S. citizens and companies that generously support the operation, including letters from local schools and four cigars from California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The Jeep was donated by a local dealership in California, who according to Blashek, said it was an honor to do something special for both a great organization and for the Soldiers in Iraq.

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