We hear about the oppressive boredom faced by our
troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. They can't go into town between patrols because
of the terrorists. Becauase their deployment is temporary, their bases do not
have the recreational amenities of stateside military bases.
What we take for granted, like TV,
concerts, Game Boys, movies, etc., are scarce or unavailable over there. A
soldier may find it hard even to find batteries for his radio.
The job of garrisoning a country on
its road to democracy can get boring. And the better the job they do, the more
boring it will get. With the stress of a hidden enemy who can strike any time,
quiet relaxation becomes more important for morale.
We can't help them with the fighting,
but we can help lift their spirits in between. This website is dedicated to
doing that in a wholesome way that builds minds while it builds morale. Chess
has been a soldier's game for a thousand years, and our mission is to put free
chess sets in the hands of our troops.
You can help by donating chess sets
and money for the postage to get it over there.
[Note: Chess originated among
Arabs and therefore Iraqis are fond of playing. We tell the troops that they
are free to give the donated chess sets to the locals if they feel the good
will gained is more important than to play a game themselves. Each chess set is
labeled as a gift from the people of the USA. We hope to provide the troops
with enough chess sets that they can use some to build good will, and some to