My cousin is a Marine in Iraq on his second tour. There is a service called motomail that is really cool. You write your letters and submit them electronically through their web site. Then someone prints the letter in Iraq and hand delivers it to my cousin. Great for keeping in touch with your loved ones and letting them know your thinking of them.
My cousin’s first letter described the smell in Iraq — “burning garbage and shit.” He went on to say that he got used to it quickly.
Keep thinking about our troops over there. I hope that things get better, but fear they won’t.