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Military troops buying their own gear and supplies
Supply gaps exist. For daily living needs, we supply to many Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines in remote areas who are having a hard time getting daily living supplies ... laundry pods, toothpaste, body wash, shelf-stable microwavable meals, protein powder, batteries, hand warmers, twin sheets, baby wipes, foot powder, socks, etc.
The Stars and Stripes (Feb. 25, 2016) published an article titled, "Lacking basic gear, special operators stuck buying their own equipment". The article (quotes below) emphasizes the importance of continuing to be vigilant in listening to and supporting the needs of the troops deployed overseas.
During a deployment in Africa, Matson and six of his fellow SEALs each shelled out about $900 for updated helmets that held the lights, communications devices and batteries needed for their missions.
Elite troops such as the SEALs are more and more forced to dip into their own pockets to purchase basic military gear such as helmets, global positioning devices and medical supplies.
Less than two days after the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, Negherbon said he was contacted by the commander of a Marine Corps Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team that was being deployed there. The commander told him the team lacked a variety of crucial equipment, including sniper supplies, he said. “They came to us for … batteries because they didn’t have any of those … It is kind of like, ‘What the heck is going on?”
He said troops often have to buy their own medical equipment such as tourniquets, and shell out about $1,000 each for their own helmets or $500 for a GPS device that they need for duty during a deployment.
Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., a Marine Corps combat veteran ... said special operations troops have been approaching him in his California district complaining about the inability to get needed materials and he has been investigating the issue.