- LONGVIEW, WA - Specialist
Brian Lange with the Army National Guard just spent his last weekend with
his wife and two sons before mobilizing for Iraq. He and more than 3,000
soldiers from the 81st Armor Brigade are heading out on Saturday.
- But instead of fun, Lange's mind was on finances all
- The Lange family is trying to scrape up enough money
to buy what you'd assume is paid for by the U.S. government. He needs money
for supplies including a flashlight, socks, a utility belt, binoculars,
sunglasses, even a pair of boots.
- Lange has a pair of the basic issue boots, but soldiers
in the field say they they aren't suitable.
- Army National Guard members need more expensive boots,
specially designed for the desert.
- "The best way to get this out that we need this
help is by talking," said Elizabeth Johnston.
- Johnston is the founder of a group called MOMS, Mothers
of Military Support. The group is raising money to buy supplies for soldiers,
and donating 200 care kits as well.
- "About 60% of the families that are being deployed
right now cannot afford $200 to $300 out of their normal paycheck plus
being able to survive knowing that their loved on is going," said
- To survive while her husband Brian is gone, Rachel Lange
and her two sons are going without heat. They are also postponing christmas
- "It's frustrating," said Rachel. "But
I just look at it as he has to go over there (to Iraq) and do what he has
to do. While he is over there doing his job I will just take care of everything
here as best as I can. If that means the rent is late a little bit, and
the heat gets turned on a little bit later, and the kids go without Christmas
presents, then it's just what I have to do."
- How To Help:
- If you'd like to help out the Charlie Battery of the
81st Armor Brigade, you can send a donation to:
- Mothers of Military Support
- 1105 D 15th Avenue, #11
- Longview, Washington 98632.