Supporting the Troops?

 1st Cavalry Statement regarding Press Release

During a simple business transaction, a statement was made to a Soldier which is now resulting in death threats for the business owner and his family.  The First Team would like to remind Americans that troops are over in Iraq to protect our freedoms, including freedom of speech. Even though many Americans feel strongly about the comments that were made, it would be in the best interest of the American people to rise above and remember the principles of what our troops are fighting for. 

–1st Cavalry Division

More from the 1st Cav:

The interest shown by the American public over this matter shows care and concern for deployed Soldiers, a command spokesman said.

            “This is a great example of the American people supporting their Soldiers,” said Maj. Randall Baucom, public affairs officer for the 1st Cav. Div.’s 1st Brigade.  “We understand that people are lining up back home to send our troops sleeping mattresses.  That’s great, but we don’t need them.”

Thank you to all who contacted the company to let them know that the treatment shown to our Soldiers was disgraceful. 

Edit – update: Please check out the work of Euphoric Reality… Excellent researchng!

http://euphoricreality.com/2007/01/21/lefty-retailer-insults-troops-2/#comment-49613

I am seeing red…

This Wisconsin company needs to hear from all of us who support our Troops whether they believe in the War or not.  No company who enjoys the benefits our Nation should respond in this rude manner. 
 
To Whom it may concern:

Do you ship to APO addresses? I’m in the 1st Cavalry Division stationed in Iraq and we are trying to order some mats but we are looking for who ships to APO first.

SGT Hess
 
 
On Tue Jan 16 3:25 , contact@discount-mats.com sent:
 
From: contact@discount-mats.com [mailto: contact@discount-mats.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 16, 2007 9:44 PM

Subject: Re: Feedback: from discount-mats.com

SGT Hess, We do not ship to APO addresses, and even if we did, we would NEVER ship to Iraq. If you were sensible, you and your troops would pull out of Iraq.

Bargain Suppliers
Discount-Mats.com
verify here >
http://www.care2.com/c2c/share/detail/276506
 
http://www.snopes.com/politics/war/apo.asp
 
email the company here > contact@discount-mats.com
 
To reach them by phone,  9 a.m. – 5 p.m. central time:          414-736-8394
Snopes contacted the Sgt and verified that it did happen the way the e-mail states. The reason they can’t verify the story fully is because Discount-Mats hasn’t responded to requests for info regarding the claim.
Via the magic of the Wayback Machine, here’s their website complete with contact info if anyone wants to send an e-mail: Discount-Mats Archived
Bargain Suppliers
3259 S.106th Street
West Allis, WI 53227
414-736-8394
contact@discount-mats.com
and from a Tech friend:
Registrant:
Faisal Khetani
PO Box 270693
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53227
United States
Registered through: Teknon Domains
Domain Name: DISCOUNT-MATS.COM
Created on: 23-Mar-05
Expires on: 23-Mar-08
Last Updated on: 03-Mar-06
Administrative Contact:
Khetani, Faisal sportsfitness@gmail.com
3259 S.106th Street
West Allis, Wisconsin 53227
United States
(414) 543-9634
Technical Contact:
Khetani, Faisal sportsfitness@gmail.com
3259 S.106th Street
West Allis, Wisconsin 53227
United States
(414) 543-9634

It’s ok for a company to not ship to an APO for whatever reason their company policies may be, but for a company to give THIS kind of response to a Deployed Soldier serving in Iraq is despicable and uncalled for.

Sgt. Hess was not asking for a handout, nor was he asking for a discount. To be treated with such disrespect, is unacceptable.

Let’s get the word out.

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