In response to "Our soldiers are not deprived of necessities" (Jan. 2, Letters): Simple things are not always available to the soldiers. Many are not fortunate enough to be on a secure post with a PX or fast food. My husband has spent eight out of his 12 months in Iraq in a remote location, as do many of the soldiers. They are only provided MREs, which are nasty. They don't even have running water -- showers or toilets. Their morale suffers terribly when out there.
Anyone who has adopted a soldier, please do not assume that the soldier has access to anything. My husband and his soldiers get their mail only once a week and those packages are a morale booster and his lifeline to any sort of normal food. Also, "going outside the wire" puts the soldier in danger and is not suggested.
No soldier has it easy over there, but some have it worse than others. They need and appreciate the everyday things that many of us take for granted.