About a week ago, Gina posted the following on her Facebook wall:"
I immediately told her that I would definitely write these Marines a letter and perhaps even become pen pals. I felt that it was the least someone like me could do to show them that we are thinking of them here in Los Angeles. If this inspires you to write your own letter to one of these Marines or to another solider, please email me and I will give you an address. : )
Here is the letter that I will be sending today:
First of all, Happy Holidays! Let me express my deepest gratitude to you all for what you do over there in Afghanistan. My heart goes out to each and every one of you. Thank you for dedicating yourselves to defending our country and helping people in need.
My name is Leah and my close friend is Gina of Pin Ups for Vets. I try to help her out with her calendar project as much as I can. In fact, I was her production manager for the 2011 calendar which she will be sending to you all soon. Yay! You guys are going to love it! We are very proud of it! She looks amazing in it! : )
So, last week Gina asked me if I would like to send a letter to you guys and I immediately jumped at the chance. I would absolutely love to become pen pals with you.
Well, I hope this letter finds you safe and sound and content with your current position. I've actually traveled quite a lot overseas but never to Afghanistan. I did spend all my high school years in Yangon, Myanmar and I was born in Pakistan. My parents were teachers so they would teach at the American International Schools in the countries that we would live in. I absolutely loved living abroad and wouldn’t have changed it for anything. I got to experience so many different cultures and made friends from all over the world. I am truly blessed to have had that life.
What about you guys? Where are you all from originally? How long have you been in the Marines? Everything you expected it to be? What do you all like doing for fun? Are you able to still do any of those hobbies over there?
My biggest passion is music and I would love to share with you some of the best stuff right now or at least what I think is the best stuff. So, please let me know what kinds of music you guys enjoy. I love it all but especially hip hop and indie bands. I buy a lot of music on iTunes and would be more than happy to burn you a few CDs. It also might help if I knew your ages…haha!
I look forward to hearing back from you. I know that you are busy and that mail is slow so no worries about a speedy reply. I will be still be here.
Please take good care of yourselves and do keep in touch.
Lots of love,