From the December 2019 magazine.

Operation Desert Love

Within two weeks I was receiving 20 to 50 letters every night. One letter was even written in Spanish!

I was in the Army when the U. S. forces deployed to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield in 1990. I arrived in Saudi on August 25 with my unit, my Big Book buried in my duffel bag and my eight-year chip in my wallet. Time came to a crawl as we waited for orders. It was sometime in November when my first letter from home came.

Mail from my wife and family always made for a good day, but this particular day I received a letter from a fellow AA member. My home group was back in Hinesville, Georgia, but this letter came all the way from Michigan. It was a letter wishing me the best, with reminders to take it “One Day at a Time” and “Easy Does It,” along with prayers for a safe return. I was so touched. I had no idea how this member knew my name or unit. I wrote him back with my thanks and gratitude. The next night, I received another letter with similar well wishes and an invitation for coffee should I ever be in California. 

-- Jim L.

Ransomville, N.Y.

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