Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Iraqi Army Donates to California Fire Victims

RELEASE No. 20071026-01October 26, 2007

Iraqi Army at Besmaya Installation Support San Diego Fire Victims
By U.S. Army Sgt 1st Class Charlene Sipperly
Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq Public Affairs

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Members of the Iraqi Army in Besmaya collected a donation for the San Diego, Calif., fire victims Thursday night at the Besmaya Range Complex in a moving ceremony to support Besmaya's San Diego residents.

Iraqi Army Col. Abbass, the commander of the complex, presented a gift of $1,000 to U.S. Army Col. Darel Maxfield, Besmaya Range Complex officer in charge, Multi-National Security Transition Command Iraq, to send to the fire victims in California.

The money was collected from Iraqi officers and enlisted soldiers in Besmaya. In a speech given during the presentation, Col. Abbass stated that he and the Iraqi soldiers were connected with the American people in many ways, and they will not forget the help that the American government has given the Iraqi people. Abbass was honored to participate by sending a simple fund of $1,000 to the American people in San Diego, to lower the suffering felt by the tragedy.

Thanks to Richard Lowry at Op-For for finding this story....

These people barely feed their families, yet they chose to reach out to Americans in need. Yep, I think it is worth it to help them have a better life.


Kris, in New England said...

Wow - this is just an incredible story. You can bet that the MSM won't cover it - but we in the blog world will.

I gave you a cross post at Lex's "Wiki" site, The Flight Deck.

Ron Simpson said...

The fact that these people who can barely feed their families chose to help people in California, a bastion of liberal anti-war sentiment, amazes me.

Flag Gazer said...

Ron - the Iraqis wouldn't know that, but the area burned had a lot of military families, including a friend of ours.

Kris - thanks!