DVDs sought for troops downrange
PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — Volunteers within the U.S. military community in South Korea are seeking donated DVD movies and video games to send to troops serving in austere conditions in Iraq.
They began the effort recently after learning that an Army chaplain in Iraq wants to form a library for troops in his area, said Gary J. Wolter, a Defense Department civilian and associate pastor of a nondenominational church that meets near Camp Humphreys.
The troops, part of Task Force 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry from Fort Stewart, Ga., are at four makeshift bases in the Hit area, according to an e-mail Wolter received last month from the chaplain — Capt. Timothy E. Fary.
Fary wrote that Forward Operating Base Hit has a makeshift post exchange, shower tent, portajohns for toilets and no running water, and that its “pretty darn” primitive conditions are better than those at the other three sites.
“We’re starting from scratch, so we’ll take anything,” Fary wrote. New or used DVDs or video games are welcomed, but not VHS tapes, Fary wrote.
DVDs that are pirated or pornographic will not be accepted.
Those wanting to donate can call Wolter at DSN 753-3608 or 010-9975-3550, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Videos also can be dropped off at The Painted Door Thrift Shop, Building 309 at Camp Humphreys. The shop is open Wednesdays and Fridays, and the first Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This Saturday, however, the hours will be noon to 3 p.m.
Wolter said the videos will help troops in Fary’s area “get their minds off what happened and occupied with something good: watch a video, take your mind off the stress.”