Mail Call is the Best Moment in a Soldier's Week
It something most Americans take for granted, but mail call is often the best moment of a deployed soldier's week.
The packages and letters from Minnesota can take weeks to arrive in a war zone, but only seconds to bring complete joy to a soldier far away from home.
Every month, about 5,200 packages arrive in Iraq and in Kuwait for Minnesota soldiers.
Sharing is a big deal overseas. If a soldier gets a lot of toothbrushes or baby wipes, they'll usually put it in the common areas or the chaplain's area for everyone to take.
Coffee is a big hit, along with movies and books to pass the time.
Click here to watch our entire week-long series, Leading the Troops Home, with reporter Mark Albert and photojournalist Chris Hansen embedded with the Minnesota National Guard in Iraq and Kuwait.