There’s an urban legend about a group of soldiers in Iraq who, while driving their Humvee, hit an IED. The men somehow survived but rather than reflect on their physical injuries, they inexplicably took greater pains in the loss of their D&D gear.
RPG materials are one of the few personal things our troops can easily carry in their packs. These items come in handy during the many, many hours of downtime between fighting for our safety and freedom.
This story moved Ben. It struck a real chord. He gets to sit at home and fantasize about amazing battles with monsters of all sorts. Yet somewhere, very far away…there are scores of people he’s never met that protect his rights and his family.
So, Ben rallied around many of his friends and met lots of new people who also felt these brave men and women needed to be thanked. We started G.I. Cares – a care package initiative with a twist. We box up all the important troop necessities but also mix in D&D, RPG and other game materials into each care package.
After eight months of planning and gathering, we’re finally on the eve of sending our first box run over to the Middle East (nearly a 100 boxes in all). And Ben has umpteen volunteers and contributors to thank including Gamers Inn, Empowerment Financial Group, Cramer-Krasselt and ASU AMA.
No words or actions will ever really be enough to thank our veterans but maybe these care packages (in their own little way) will just help demonstrate how much we really do care.