Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
There are no stockings in Iraq
Back home it's morning… your wife and kids must be opening their presents without you. As you return to base you're in a bad mood.

Surprise, the USO is handing out pre-paid phone cards so you can call home and for FREE! Tomorrow you'll actually be able to share Christmas with your kids, even if it's by phone and a day late.

There's something else… a card from someone you don't even know. It says "Thanks." Hey - it's nice to know someone besides your family knows you're stuck over here and appreciates what you did for them today.

For most of us at home, it's hard to imagine what it must be like to be stationed overseas for the Holidays. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, it's the loneliest time to be at the Front.

At the USO, it's our job to deliver some Holiday cheer to our young men and women in combat. But we need Americans like you to help us do our job: by filling out a Holiday card with a message from you and by sending a gift of whatever you can afford, to help us deliver your card where it's needed most - right to the front lines.

Any gift will do, even $10. But please give as generously as you can and do send in your card. Especially during the Holidays, our troops overseas need to know their fellow Americans are thinking about them.

In return, you'll get the greatest gift of all, the knowledge that you've helped bring a smile to a lonely face.

On behalf of those we serve,


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Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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