The MOD are silly bastards, aren\’t they?

Joanne Goody-Orris and her partner Maurice Benton, both 79, from Somerset, began sending packages to serving soldiers two and a half years ago.

Since then they have sent over 6,000 parcels containing everything from treats such as chocolate and crisps to necessities such as wet wipes and thick socks.

They drive hundreds of miles every week, collecting donations from local businesses, charities and individuals and setting up stalls at fetes and other events. They even spend hours writing four-page letters to every soldier.

But the Ministry of Defence has said that the troops have enough resources and has told the pensioners to stop sending parcels, claiming that the extra transport needed to take them to the soldiers could put servicemen\’s lives at risk.

Even if what the MOD says is true, they\’re still silly, stupid, bastards. Raising morale at home, raising morale at the battlefront, all for the price of the occasional truck for transport?

Silly, stupid, bastards.

4 comments on “The MOD are silly bastards, aren\’t they?

  1. When we were on our way down to the Falklands and once ashore we used to get all sorts of gifts and letters from people. Letters to “a soldier” or similar were handed round and I know quite a lot of the guys on the boat I was on replied and set up pen pal relationships*.

    Mail time was always a great boost for morale, except for those who got Dear John letters, and you are right. I’ll bet that those doing the distribution will be more than prepared to take the extra risk. I’ll also bet it wasn’t a serving soldier, sailor or airman who made this decision, although they wil be press ganged in to supporting it.

    *As an aside I don’t suppose people have penpals anymore,.

  2. What’s the betting the MoD is embarrassed that a couple in the UK can provide for its soldiers better than it manages itself half the time?

    As for penpals, yes I believe the current flock of soldiers do have them, albeit usually women, via a website somewhere. I remember one of my mates in Iraq had his entire unit getting letters from birds in the UK who were only too happy to put out once they got back. Most of them weren’t much to look at apparently, but since when has that mattered to a soldier?

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