He should know.
is an Eastman Chemical Co. worker in manufacturing and materials support, but
as a member of the Kentucky National Guard, he has been called to active duty in
both Iraq and Afghanistan.
He’s a staunch advocate for Eastman’s Supplies For
Soldiers (SFS) initiative, which ships donations — including personal hygiene
and entertainment items — overseas to the company’s military members and
others to boost morale and help our troops.
“I think just knowing there are
folks who honestly care about your well being and morale, and want to support
you because you are a soldier or fellow employer, it says a lot to have that
kind of support from back home and knowing you’re not alone,” Horn observed.
“Simply sending a care package does show that support.”
originated in 2009 with a small group of Eastman team members and was adopted
last year as a corporate project.
“Our Christmas shipment was the largest
we’ve had, shipping more than 270 boxes to Eastman employees, family members and
friends deployed overseas,” Eastman spokeswoman Amanda Allman said of the SFS
project’s output. “If you’re an employee you can submit a name of a loved one
who is overseas (to receive a box).”
Eastman is again accepting donations for
SFS, and the next shipment is just around the corner so military members can
receive items in time for the 4th of July holiday. Items are currently being
collected around Eastman’s Kingsport location, and the community is invited to
Items can be dropped off at the Toy F. Reid Employee Center at
400 S. Wilcox Drive through the end of May. Eastman picks up the shipping tab,
Horn, who returned from active duty last fall, noted troop
morale differed from Iraq to Afghanistan. The U.S. military pulled out of Iraq
in December 2011.
“The morale (in Iraq) was ‘We’ve got to get all this stuff
out of here. We’re not sure where we’re going. What’s the next thing we’re going
to be doing?’” Horn explained. “We didn’t know if we would get resistance on the
way out. It was really unsure but a smooth transition out of Iraq.”
called to go to Afghanistan at the end of his last tour of duty.
(in Afghanistan) was pretty low there, just because the environment there is
still very uncertain, even though we have a plan to pull out (in 2014),” Horn
said. “Many (soldiers) are on their fourth or fifth deployment.”
Eastman Recreation by email (email@example.com) or call
423/229-3771 for details to make a monetary donation to SFS. All money received
will be used to purchase donation items.
Names of Eastman co-workers, family
members, or close friends to receive a care package can be submitted to Cheryl
Harvey (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
For more about
the project go to www.eastman.com/SuppliesForSoldiers.