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The Kandahar Koughers

Stephen B. Roach
Posted: July 4, 2011

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"We've adopted the Wounded Warriors, we leave them cigars," Medlin said. "We found out they didn't have any Internet or computers for the guys that can't walk across the street to MWR [morale, welfare and recreation].  We made a donation to them to buy a computer."

The Koughers are also working to get an Internet connection in the Wounded Warrior's building.
Even with the coin and T-shirt sales, the Koughers still rely on outside assistance.  Donations from cigar companies such as Corona, Fumar, and JR Cigars ensure the Koughers can reach out to as many service members as possible.  

Kandahar Koughers

"Our last official meeting, we had hundreds of cigar smokers joining the ranks, and handed out, at no charge-almost 300 cigars." says Medlin.  He went on to say, "We donated two boxes of cigars to the Kandahar United Service Organization so soldiers there can enjoy at their leisure, as well as maintaining a supply of sticks for the Wounded Warriors here at KAF. It is nice to see the many fine men and women laughing and smoking while enjoying great conversation."

Club members also donate cigars to the club.  Those donations, along with club-raised funds and help from outside organizations, add some variety to small-Ziploc bags filled with a note, a cigar or two and encouragement that the club uses to distribute an invitation to a new generation of cigar aficionados serving their country in southern Afghanistan.  

Becoming a Kandahar Kougher isn't easy. It isn't a club you can buy your way into, or be invited to by a friend or family member. It is a club of cigar smokers deployed to the southern portion of Afghanistan, a group of men and women that understand the stresses of deployments to a war zone. Camaraderie, a place to smoke a cigar, and if you don't have one-a stick or two for free until your shipment arrives, that is what the Koughers are about.  

Most only spend a year on the ground with the club, but they are members for life. The numbered coins act as a sort of registry for the Koughers. As the club grows and members move on from their deployments, some of which can last up to one year, they have a reminder and proof that they are members of the Kandahar Koughers. The coins and the Koughers Facebook page ensures these cigar smokers can identify each other as a true Koughers should they meet again.

Stephen B. Roach is a U.S. Army Sergeant First Class with the 16th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, deployed to Afghanistan.

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Comments   4 comment(s)

Robert Davidson July 4, 2011 7:54am ET

If you can post contact information and a mailing address for the club without raising OPSEC concerns, please do. I'm sure many CA readers would like to contribute to the club's humidors.

Stephen Roach — El Paso, TX, 79928, USA,  —  July 5, 2011 8:57am ET

You can find their address on Facebook. Just search Kandahar Koughers

Mike Barker — King George, VA, USA,  —  July 5, 2011 12:53pm ET

Jessica Danon — Port St. Lucie, FL, USA,  —  July 7, 2011 11:16am ET

Working with the guys behind the Kandahar Koughers has been great. As a company we have donated many boxes of cigars to the Kandahar Koughers and we look forward to working with them more in the future.

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