Got any new or used movies on DVD lying around? They could be helping American service members fill their leisure hours. Ron Moniger, first vice commander of the American Veterans Post in Portsmouth, is collecting DVDs to go to posts where area service personnel are deployed.
“We’re calling it Movies For the Military,” Moniger said. “It was actually generated from a campaign from our national headquarters with American Veterans where they’re collecting new and used DVDs from the community for troops that are deploying.”
Moniger said when the troops are deploying, they are now relegating the night patrol duty to Iraqi and Afghani soldiers, and insurgents are coming in, in the middle of the night, so the American service personnel can’t play softball and volleyball, because the insurgents are putting Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) in the fields.
“They give them laptops with a DVD player, and the guys can go back to their tent, or if they wanted to set up a projector they could show it on a screen for movie night,” Moniger said. “The problem they were running into is that they would only have a handful of movies.”
The original plan was to collect DVDs and send them all to their national headquarters in Maryland. Moniger said he inquired as to why the DVDs can’t be sent to local units on deployment.
“We’re going to collect DVDS, and we’re going to put them in a box and then give them to the 1191st (Portsmouth unit) for the next time that they deploy, which may not be for a couple of years,” Moniger said. “There’s a unit in Kentucky that is already deployed that we can get some of the DVDs to.”
Mike Bell of the Daily Times told Moniger, a box will be placed in the lobby of the Times offices at 1603 11th St. in Portsmouth.
“They want people to bring the DVDs to the paper as a central location for collecting the DVDs,” Moniger said. “Once our box is filled, we will empty it and put it in another box to ship off and start collecting more.”
Moniger said, if people don’t want to purchase DVDs they can make monitary contributions to help with shipping costs.
He said the post is located at 729 Sixth St. at the back door in Portsmouth.
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