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    The Home Depot

    Daily News Summary

    March 22, 2005

    Marine In Iraq Calls Silverdale Home Depot For Needed Part
    Tracy Vedder
    KOMO-TV (Seattle)
    We've heard the stories about troops in Iraq having problems getting the supplies and equipment they need. Well, a little hometown help made the difference for a group of Marines just back from Iraq.

    After eight months in Iraq and Kuwait, Alpha Company is home. The reserve unit of 60 Marines were charged with keeping airfields in Iraq and Kuwait open.

    It's been eight months since the marines of Alpha Company have seen their families.

    "I can't even put it into words," says First Sgt. Bryan Hall. "It's great."

    First Sgt. Hall is grateful to be home. And he brings back a special message for a group of friends and former co-workers in Silverdale: They made a huge difference for a successful tour in Iraq.

    "Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

    Shortly after Sgt. Hall's Alpha Company arrived in Iraq, they had a problem. The battery charger for their power tools shorted out. It seems a small thing, but it could take weeks for supply channels to get it to the Marines.

    But Sgt. Hall knew who to call.

    "He said, 'I'm calling you from Iraq,' and I was, 'Everybody! I'm talking to Iraq!' " Mona Hernandez, the Assistant Manager for the Home Depot Store in Silverdale said. That's right, Sgt. Hall called Home Depot.

    He used to work with Hernandez and her boss. And when they discovered he needed help?

    "It was a matter of what can we do, how quickly does he need it and like I said, it went out within an hour or two," says Hernandez.

    In three days, Hall and his Marines had their charger.

    "It was something very simple but it was an important tool that we needed," says Hall, "they were there for us, absolutely."

    An American flag, now flying over the Home Depot entrance, used to fly over First Sgt. Hall's Iraq base. He sent it home in gratitude, which is reciprocated by his friends at Home Depot.

    "I'm probably more happy than anything that Bryan has returned," says Hernandez. "He's back with his family so that's really important to me."

    In the grand scheme of things, a battery charger from Home Depot probably seems like a small thing. But we've heard from many troops in Iraq, the small things make a big difference.

  • #2
    God Bless our Troops, and God Bless America!!!


    • #3
      Yea, the small things like "God,Country, Corps"


      • #4
        My first Post. Having served over 30 years in the Army and still serving it's little things like this that make me proud of America and the folks on the homefront. I've seen the worst and the best of what Americans can do for their sons and daughters who are serving in harms way. And it seems the most appreciated are the little things. Please keep it up. (Not to mislead anyone I'm not deployed but am serving stateside) [img]smile.gif[/img]


        • #5
          If your stateside on or on the front line, I say God Bless all our troops for what you do for all the rest of us!!



          • #6
            Ya I have shed a tear or two for our folks over there. I think lots of us realy don't understand what i'ts like for them day end day out, I'll let them know I LOOK UP TO THEM ! I had family over there in 91 and have heard the stories.

            Be safe out there folks.

            Bob B.
            Be safe out there folks
            Bob B


            • #7

              Warms this old Marines heart.
              I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .