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    January 13, 2010
    Media Contact: Terri Relf,
    Senior Marketing Manager,
    Inland Center Mall,
    909-884-7268 x206


    Inland Center is Collecting Supplies and Valentines for Servicemen Overseas
  • Who: For the fourth year, Inland Center Mall will be collecting supplies and Valentine’s Day cards for servicemen overseas.
  • When: Inland Center will be collecting now through February 5th
  • What: After supplies are collected they will be mailed to servicemen overseas by “Touch of Home” Support 4R Deployed Military, Inc, a nonprofit organization, whose goals are to provide support and boost morale for the U.S. Military overseas and to make sure they are not forgotten. Requested Supplies: Black Boot Socks, Foot Powder, Package of Batteries, Small Package of Baby Wipes, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Beef Jerky, Snack Bars, Single Serve Drink Mix, Microwavable Soups etc. The list of requested supplies can also be found at and at Inland Center ’s Guest Services Center . Don’t forget to see the donation display in Center Court . Guests are also invited to create their own Valentine’s Day card or pick up a free Valentine’s Day postcard at Guest Services, which guests can personalize.
  • Where: Inland Center Mall; Guest Services Center located near Center Court


Deployed - Adopt a Box for the Holidays

"Support TOUCH OF HOME and Support Our Troops"

By Dave Henderson,

Thursday, September 24, 2009

For those who have not been there and experienced it, it's very difficult to understand. You have been in this hole in the ground for hours lying in the mud. The rain has been falling for hours and even though you are wearing rain gear, you are soaked to the bone cold and shivering. When they get around to delivering hot food, you take your mess kit up to get your chow where you stand in line at the prescribed 5 meter intervals. Once you receive your allotment of food, before you can get back to your position to eat, your mashed potatoes are swimming in rain water and your once hot meal is cold. The coming night fall will only bring light catnaps as you trade off watch at your observation post.

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County Makes Donation

By Cat Robertson,

"It was a great day for Touch of Home as 15 pallets loaded with items to be mailed to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan were delivered to Bill and Diane Boone last week. Rhonda Rhoades with the San Bernardino County Department of Veterans Affairs presented Touch of Home with the generous delivery."

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Touch of Home Deploys Gifts to Military

By Michael P. Neufeld,

"Every week roughly 175 love packages are mailed from the Crestline Post Office by volunteers from Touch of Home Support 4R Deployed Military."

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In Iraq, find a bomb and save a life

By Les Neuhaus,

Stars and Stripes
Mideast edition,
Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Every night and day in Iraq, U.S. military patrols venture out to find and eliminate roadside bombs.

It’s a murky world largely carried out in darkness for soldiers of the 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Unit, 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division in Iraq’s north. Imagine trying to find a needle in a haystack, only with the world’s most up-to-date technology.

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Major Attacks on Decline in Iraq

By Jim Michaels,

USA Today

Posted: 2007-08-13 11:34:57

Filed Under: Iraq News, World News

(Aug. 13th 2007)
- The number of truck bombs and other large al-Qaeda-style attacks in Iraq have declined nearly 50% since the United States started increasing troop levels in Iraq about six months ago, according to the U.S. Military command in Iraq.

The high-profile attacks - generally large bombs hitting markets, mosques or other "soft" targets that produce mass casualties - have dropped to about 70 in July from a high during the past year of about 130 in March, according to the Multi-National Force - Iraq.> Full story >

Dog team killed in Iraq

Sun, 8 Jul 2007 10:07:28 -0700 (PDT)

15 Months ago, I attended the Specialized Search Dog School at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas....... There is where I met my partner for life Gabe....Also in that school, I met 12 friends for life..... for 5 months, we worked together, trained togther and even liked each other so much, we spent our off time with each other

2 days ago, one of our brothers and his partner died in Baghdad, Iraq while on a combat mission.......

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"Gabe and Chuck make the front page of"

K9 Team Brings Special Skills to the Fight

Story by Spc. Amanda Morrissey
Posted on 05.31.2007 at 03:33PM

5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
SHUKRAN, Iraq – For just about every cordon and search operation in Iraq, there is a special two-Soldier team that provides an extra sense to the efforts to find anti-Iraqi forces and hidden weapons. One of those teams at Forward Operating Base Q-West is Staff Sgt. Chuck Shuck and his dog, Sgt. 1st Class Gabe, both with 178th Military Police Detachment, 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade.

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Letter from Ssgt.Chuck Shuck and Partner "Gabe"

Date:Sat, 7 Apr 2007 06:36:09 -0700 (PDT)
From:[email protected]
Subject: Happy Easter from Iraq and Thank YOU Mexico Cafe and San Bernardino Police Dept !
April 08, 2007
Dear family and friends,
I wanted to take the time to wish you all blessings this holiday season and we hope you all have a great day with your families. Please pass our thanks on to the Mexico Cafe and the San Bernardino California Police Dept for the awesome shirt, that was so great and we love it, I am sending it home though so I don't ruin it here...........

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Letter from Ssgt.Chuck Shuck and Partner "Gabe"

Date:Mon, 09 Mar 2007 23:25:02 +0300
From:[email protected]
Subject: March 2007 Update; "Gabe earning his keep in Iraq"
March 19, 2007
Dear family and friends,
I hope this email finds you all having a great day/night. It's been a few weeks since I last wrote a mass update, but Gabe and I have been really busy. Here in a few hours, we will start out 91st mission of this deployment. To date; Gabe has found here in Iraq 36 bombs (they would have been made into bombs until we found them) 7 weapons and over 300 rounds of ammunition so he is earning his keep. He also found a bag of IED making components.

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Letter & Pictures from:
Sergeant First Class Michael J. Martin (Mike)

From:[email protected]

Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2007 04:10:22 +0300
Subject:Hello from SFC Martin

February 26, 2007

Dear Mrs. Boone,

My name is Sergeant First Class Michael J. Martin (Mike), I received the package you sent me. Thank you, We all appreciate the support that our Friends, Family, and Patriots like you have given us. It means so much to us to know that there are folks out there that Suppout the Troops. This is my first Deployment and I can assure you that I survive every day by know ing that there are those like you out there. It can be hard sometimes when you hear all the Anti-war folks and the Actors downing the Troops, your support silences all of that.

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Letter and Pictures from LTC Seiji Hayashi

Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2007 06:38:31 +0000
From:[email protected]
Subject: Touch of Home Aid distributed in Zafraniyah
Hello Diane,
We went out on a Civil Affairs mission to the poorest neighborhood in our new area. We were supposed to pass out heaters and blankets to the select 25 refugee families but we had a crowd. They were orderly until the end when we started running low on the supplies. Attached are pics

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