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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."
Koughers are also working to get an Internet connection in the Wounded
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.
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.
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.
Comments 4 comment(s)
Robert Davidson — July 4, 2011 7:54am ET
Stephen Roach — El Paso, TX, 79928, USA, — July 5, 2011 8:57am ET
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
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