Teen Army reservist's auction raises nearly $3,000




 
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January 2nd, 2005  
Duty Honor Country
 
 

Topic: Teen Army reservist's auction raises nearly $3,000


this is an interesting one from the wire. Maybe I should hit up e-bay before I deploy to Iraq

Teen Army reservist's auction raises nearly $3,000

SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- A teenage Army reservist whose decision to auction off sports memorabilia to buy equipment for his unit drew criticism has raised nearly $3,000.

Sean Flynn's plans became public last month as the military was being criticized for not adequately supplying some troops in Iraq. His unit, upon hearing reports that the auction was intended to raise funds for body armor and other protective gear, responded by saying its members had all the equipment they needed.

The 10-day eBay auction ended last week and raised $2,806, plus about $1,000 in donations.

Half the total will go to support Mothers of Military Servicemembers, while the remainder will buy a luxury item such as a laptop computer or satellite phone for the Mountain View-based 445th Civil Affairs Battalion.

Flynn's mother, Edie-Marie Mata, said her 18-year-old son simply hoped to buy equipment to help his unit.

"If the outcome of it -- all the media attention -- got people to support the troops in a positive way, then we're happy," she told the San Francisco Chronicle for Saturday's editions.

It was not clear when the unit would be deployed to Iraq.

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January 3rd, 2005  
USAFAUX2004
 
 
So did the Unit actually have all the equipment, or did they just lie about it?
January 4th, 2005  
Duty Honor Country
 
 
it is not the Army's job to supply a laptop or a satellite phone. I have bought a lap top so I have one when I go back over there. The article made it sound like the money would be used for much needed equipment.

If he was really true to the cause, he would have gotten body armor or something of that nature.
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