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Updated: 09/18/2011 8:35 AM
Created: 09/12/2011 10:26 PM | Print |  Email
By: Michelle Knoll

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.