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Stogie News: Cigars for Troops

29 Mar 2007

No matter what your opinion on the war in Iraq, one thing that shouldn’t be divisive is supporting our troops. And cigar smokers, retailers, and manufacturers have answered the call by sending cigars to soldiers fighting abroad so, at least for a little while, these brave men and women can enjoy one of life’s most versatile luxuries. Come to think of it, what other extravagance can be enjoyed just as easily in war-torn Falluja (pictured below) as on the local golf course or in a wood-paneled bar room?

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This recent news story from Olympia, Washington is just one of many such examples:

With the flight to the Middle East imminent, Picasso Bros., a cigar shop in Lacey, gave about a dozen soldiers assigned to the company’s 2nd Platoon a proper send-off recently.

There were decorations and snacks inside, but the soldiers, some accompanied by their spouses, stayed outside to enjoy the warm evening, the light conversation, and a quality cigar or two.

“It’s really nice because we haven’t had a chance to relax in quite a while,” said Staff Sgt. Wayne Demetriff, 30.

“They’ve kind of accepted me as part of the Picasso Bros. family,” he said.

His love of cigars proved addictive. The number of soldiers who smoked cigars grew and some gave up cigarettes for them.

In addition to organizing the send-off, store manager Nicole Blocker secured $2,000 worth of cigars for the soldiers. Some were gift-wrapped and distributed at the send-off, and the remainder will be shipped to Iraq.

“She called each of the manufacturers, and they were more than happy to send a box or two to these guys,” said store owner Michael Karch, who also owns a store in Centralia.

Alexander bought a traveling humidor, which stores cigars at an optimum humidity, to protect them from Iraq’s brutal heat.

If you want to send some cigars to the troops, you can find information in any number of places.

Most cigar forums have a thread about stogies for the troops, many retailers would probably be interested in sending cigars if asked by a loyal customer, and some online stores like Cigarbid.com have a special section where you can buy products to send to the troops (with the proceeds often also going to support the troops). The site AnySoldier.com also lets you find a soldier deployed in harms way to send a care package to.

Also, if there is interest, we would more that willing to help organize and contribute to a shipment from StogieGuys.com readers.

Patrick S

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6 Responses to “Stogie News: Cigars for Troops”

  1. Raul Rivera Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 10:27 pm #

    Hello

    Greetings from Mahmudiyah, Iraq. I am on a 11 man MITT (Military Training Team). 6 officers and 5 sergeants who are here for a year, that began with BOG (boots on the ground) in March. We are reponsible for training, evaluating and mentoring our Iraqi counterparts so they can take over and the US forces can finally begin to down size. Unfortunatly we are located with them and share their living conditions. There are 7 of us that smoke cigars and would greatly appreciate it if you find the time and resources to send us a few. Our favorite time of the day is when the sun goes down and temperature drops low enough to enjoy a cigar. We wish to celebrate the end of most days in such a way. Thanks for your time and stay safe.

    MSG RAUL RIVERA

    1-120TH CAB / 30TH BCT

    ATTN: 17TH IA MITT

    FOB MAHMUDIYAH

    APO AE 09322

  2. PV2 Harmon, Brian Friday, October 16, 2009 at 6:38 am #

    Hello, I love this website. I would also like to say that this thread is great. It’s so nice to know that there are people back home still supporting us here in baghdad. We just arrived here in September and we have a grueling 12+ months ahead of us. After deploying here and finally getting some good qaulity time to get to know the rest of the guys in my sqaud, it turns out that my sqaud leader and a few of the others share the same enthusiasm for cigars as I do. I was hoping to drop a line and see if anyone would be so kind as to send our sqaud a care package of cigars. Thank you so much for your contributions and support. Believe me we need all the support we can get. Hope this post finds you well…”wa salam alekum”…”peace be with you”

    PV2 Harmon, Brian S
    C Co, 1-38 IN BN, 4-2 BDE
    Camp Liberty
    APO AE 09344

  3. Chris Russell Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 9:19 pm #

    Hi, I'm deployed to Afghanistan and my men and I could really use some cigars if you could arrange it.

    Thanks in advance.

    SFC Chris Russell

    1st Army TMT

    Camp Blackhorse

    APO, AE 09320

  4. Edward Smith Monday, December 13, 2010 at 12:13 am #

    Gentlemen,

    This is one of the best posts I have seen. I am currently in Afghanistan. I have at least 20 soldiers (including myself) that look forward to a good cigar in the evening. We would greatly appreciate any smokes you are able to resource for us.

    V/R

    CW3 Edward Smith

    HHC TF Phoenix

    FOB Bagram

    APO, AE 09354

  5. Jason Friday, April 27, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    i was wondering if you still donate cigars for troops and if soo how do i sign up? there are about 10 of us that unwind after our 14+hr day here in afghanistan by getting togather and havin' a cigar togather. it's the only way we can unwind from the hell out here but good cigars are few and far between and we uasually end up with a few people per cigar. if you are able to help out please let me know.
    sincerely,
    Spc Jason Holmes
    HHC 296 BSB 3-2 SBCT
    Kandahar Airfield
    APO AE 09355

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