• Yankees “Socks for Soldiers” Initiative

    Posted by on September 29th, 2012 · Comments (8)

    Via the Yankees a couple of days ago -

    The New York Yankees today announced the launch of Socks for Soldiers, an initiative that supports the organization’s Veterans Day project. Fans with tickets to the Yankees’ final three regular season home games vs. the Boston Red Sox from Monday, October 1 through Wednesday, October 3, are asked to bring new cushion-soled socks that can be worn in combat boots. The socks will be collected and sent to U.S. servicemen and servicewomen stationed overseas.

    Maybe I am uneducated and stupid? Maybe I am unfeeling and cranky? Maybe I am missing the point here? Maybe it’s all of that?

    But, why do our servicemen and servicewomen stationed overseas need socks to wear with their combat boots? Doesn’t the government supply socks with their uniform and other gear? I mean, seriously, with all the tax dollars that are spent supporting the military, there’s nothing in there to provide socks? Really?

    Comments on Yankees “Socks for Soldiers” Initiative

    1. Raf
      September 29th, 2012 | 9:36 am

      I guess you don’t know many people in the military? :D

      The issue isn’t that the gov’t doesn’t supply socks, it is one of comfort. Little things that we take for granted here, aren’t available over there.

      Having the latest and greatest military equipment means you have to cut costs somewhere. Soldiers are very appreciative of things like cushioned socks, toilet paper, deodorant, soap, shampoo, brushes, etc, etc, etc sent from home.

    2. FakeGeneMichaels
      September 29th, 2012 | 9:54 am

      Steve, I see your point.. The best and elite fighting force in the world should have the little essentials like comfortable socks.. Thru out ML baseball this year other ML teams held special events for the US troops.. One in particular was the Brewers and D-backs who invited militatry families to attend a game and held live video feeds to speak to their love ones stationed in Afganistan.. Whats important here is that ML is doing its best to remember those who are fighting to keep us safe here in the U.S.. and for that I am grateful ML is doing, even something as little as donating socks to our troops.

    3. September 29th, 2012 | 9:59 am

      FWIW, this is no comment on what the Yankees are doing. More so, it’s on the government. If we can’t provide comfortable socks for our military, no matter where they are, that’s inexcusable. It’s just wrong.

    4. JeremyM
      September 29th, 2012 | 10:08 am

      Most of that money makes it to the defense contractors of the world and so forth, not to the guys and girls with boots on the ground. Another example is baby wipes were a precious commodity over in Iraq with all of the sand and so forth. You’d think something that cheap could make it to our forces.

    5. Raf
      September 29th, 2012 | 10:10 am

      With all they get, I suppose the socks may be a bit of an oversight. This isn’t the first year that there has been a “Socks for Soldiers” campaign, but it was the first time that I had seen them singled out.

      With all that said, here’s a list of requested items, by no means is it exhaustive;
      http://www.give2thetroops.org/pdf/COMPLETELISTOFITEMSTODONATEGTTT.pdf

    6. September 29th, 2012 | 10:38 am

      I mean, if the soldiers wanted condoms, potato chips and fart candles, and the government didn’t cover it, THAT, I would understand. But, socks? What’s next, making the soldiers pay for their own bullets and water? Who’s running this show, Charles Comiskey?

    7. Corey
      September 29th, 2012 | 11:11 am

      Totally agree Steve, this is nonsense.

    8. 77yankees
      September 29th, 2012 | 2:08 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      More so, it’s on the government. If we can’t provide comfortable socks for our military, no matter where they are, that’s inexcusable. It’s just wrong.

      Ummm, because our government is too busy with its hand out for campaign contributions from celebs & special interest groups to care about such a trivial detail as supporting our troops?

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