RAAP mails care packages to local troops overseas

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RADFORD (WSLS 10) -  Local troops deployed overseas will soon have a few comforts of home, thanks to the Radford Army Ammunition Plant.

In honor of military appreciation month and  RAAP's 75th anniversary, care packages were delivered to the Radford Post Office to be shipped overseas

LTC Alicia Masson, the commander at RAAP, said it's an important initiative to support our troops. She, along with RAAP workers, unloaded a small BAE Systems bus full of 75 boxes containing 150 care packages to be shipped.

Inside the boxes are hand-written "thank you" notes from local elementary students as well leaders with BAE Systems and Masson.

The care boxes contain items specifically requested by the deployed troops including snacks, candy, toiletries and ear buds.

After five deployments overseas herself, Masson says care packages can make a huge difference for soldiers.

"Those little things from home, something as simple as a date stamp from a post office," Masson said.

"Like anyone, they have good days and bad," Masson said. "Particularly when you are deployed, you miss your family. So our hope is that we will send some of these to soldiers who are overseas who are from Virginia and from this area. It brings home to you."

Supplies were donated by the United States Army and BAE Systems during a care package drive.

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