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booksforsoldiers:

$0 so far today to keep Books For Soldiers going & our bills are piling up! Donate today.

Since 2003, we shipped over $30 million in care packages and aid to US troops serving overseas. That is a record and so are our bills. Every year things get more expensive – bandwidth, hosting, rent, care package items and most importantly POSTAGE!

This year sees us beginning our transition from only shipping care packages to also include helping the soldiers that have returned home. With all the work the soldiers do, they need us the most right now. We operate totally on donations and usually this is a month-to-month operation. Please help where you can.

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Vought A-7 Corsair II on Flickr.

The A-7 was based on Vought’s successful supersonic fighter, the F-8 Crusader. It’s airframe was shorter and lighter than the Crusader’s. The Corsair II replaced the A-4 Skyhawk in the US Navy’s inventory, as well as a variety of other aircraft in the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard.

My dad worked on A-7s aboard the USS Kennedy as an avionics technician.

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wehadfacesthen:

Marilyn Monroe chats with a lucky sailor, 1953