I’ve been busy lately and haven’t posted much but I wanted to try and share a little something with you today. As of now, we have gotten 3 envelopes from Julia. One was a form letter that I assume all the SITs (Soldiers In Training) have to send out. The second was a letter that was dated 5/30 on the front and 5/31 on the back. The other was 4 pages, dated 6/4, and each page a letter to a different recipient. Those four lucky folks were myself, Trina, Jessica and Stephanie. If you haven’t received a letter from her, please be patient as they have very little free time. I’m sure she will write you all back as soon as she can!
I wanted to share a few of the highlights from these letters just to let you know how she is doing. I’m sure she won’t mind that. The first letter was basically just a form letter saying she had made it safely, giving us her address and she wrote a little small note at the bottom. The biggest highlight of that would be “It’s not that bad right now and I am adapting pretty quick”.
The next letter was really nice! She says she has met some awesome people (both male and female) and that she is learning to eat faster than usual! She also says she has three awesome Drill Sargeants and is part of the “most awesome” platoon!
On the flip side (dated 5/31) it says that Victory Tower was “awesome, nerve-wrecking and fun”and also “I am having a lot of fun here. I enjoy it a lot.” That makes me feel so good to hear that. One other thing she said I don’t think she would mind me sharing is “I miss y’all but I will work my butt off to pass to get to graduation so I can see y’all soon.”
The latest letter(s) came Friday. Here are some of the highlights:
“Things are going great! PT is good, marching, cadences … I love cadences! I’m enjoying it!”
“My Drill Sargeant is from NC so sometimes he calls me North Carolina, so it’s pretty funny”
One other thing she said in all the letters was that she has “done 70 push-ups for 7 letters”. I think I’m going to start doing 10 push-ups for every letter I write so that she will not have to push alone!
Oh, and she says to be sure to put a big “3″ on the BACK of the envelope so they will know it is 3rd platoon easily.
One other note, Julia has mentioned a couple of friends that she has asked us to write to. One is PVT Autumn Hinkle and the other is PVT Dylan Kinchen. She says that one of these soldier’s family will not talk to him. If you have a moment and feel led to, please send a letter to one or both of these SITs. I’m sure they would appreciate it and speaking from experience, I know that these letters help encourage each and every one of these guys!
Thanks for your time,
OH YEAH! It might help if I give the address, huh?
PVT Spangler, Julia
3rd PLT, D CO. 2/60TH INF REGT
193RD INF BDE
11106 JACKSON BLVD
FORT JACKSON, SC 29207-6100
For the two friends you would just change the name:
PVT Hinkle, Autumn
PVT Kinchen, Dylan