FORT JENNINGS — A Fort Jennings native was among the U.S. Army soldiers in the 82nd Airborne Aviation Regiment displaced after the attach in the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq last month.

2004 Fort Jennings graduate Matt Schramm, son of Mark Schramm and Judy Schramm, along with is fellow troops fled the airbase with just the clothes on their backs, according to Putnam County Veterans Service Commission head Randy Gasser.

“The soldiers had to leave the base without their watches, cell phones, computers, pictures of family — they had to leave it all behind,” said Gasser, who spent 26 years in the Navy. “They have access to uniforms but none of their patches and even their name tapes are available to them because they are overseas.”

Gasser enlisted the help of the Fort Jennings American Legion Post 715, the Fort Jennings Women’s Club and the Jennings Memorial Association to gather funds to purchase and send the items to the troops in Iraq.

FORT JENNINGS — A Fort Jennings native was among the U.S. Army soldiers in the 82nd Airborne Aviation Regiment displaced after the attach in the Al-Asad Airbase in Iraq last month.

2004 Fort Jennings graduate Matt Schramm, son of Mark Schramm and Judy Schramm, along with is fellow troops fled the airbase with just the clothes on their backs, according to Putnam County Veterans Service Commission head Randy Gasser.

“The soldiers had to leave the base without their watches, cell phones, computers, pictures of family — they had to leave it all behind,” said Gasser, who spent 26 years in the Navy. “They have access to uniforms but none of their patches and even their name tapes are available to them because they are overseas.”

Gasser enlisted the help of the Fort Jennings American Legion Post 715, the Fort Jennings Women’s Club and the Jennings Memorial Association to gather funds to purchase and send the items to the troops in Iraq.

The legion kicked in $500, the JMA and women’s club, $200 each, and an anonymous donor brought in $150 to reach the amount needed for the uniform decorations and postage. Items purchased include: US Army patches, name tapes, Airborn and rank patches as well as the subdued US flags.

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“I have been in their shoes,” Gasser said. “This is my way of giving back.”