Socks For Heroes

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OVER  367,000 Pair Sent Forward since June, 2011

While many have been reading about the recent Troop Drawdowns, the United States still has Troops deployed in harm’s way in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Middle East. These men and women live under conditions that would make the average American Citizen cringe. They do it without complaint regardless of the discomfort and danger. And they are standing between the American People and a ruthless enemy, who if left unchecked, would bring their brand of terrorism to our shores.

Our son LCPL Donald J. Hogan was killed in Helmand Afghanistan in August of 2009.

In the time period that followed that tragedy, we spent a lot of time with the Marines who served with him. During each of our conversations with these men, we asked them what they needed the most.  The answer? Socks.

Why Socks?

Well the infantry spends all of their time on their feet.  They have no laundry facilities, so they have to wash their socks in the canals and air dry them.  While in California, this would be no problem, but where they are located, the sand and grit gets into them and make them unusable within a couple of days.  Speaking to over 100 field Marines, the answer was uniform: “Send us Socks.”

A Marine Battalion is a thousand men. Multiply that by a change of socks every 3 days. That means a minimum of ten thousand socks a month.

And while the number of troops who are forward deployed has gone down, the amount of support that they require has increased.  Gone are the Mega Bases in Afghanistan and Iraq, along with the logistics chains that supported them.  More and more, the burden for basic supplies has fallen on the individual servicemember and their families.

Thank you To-date, we have sent over 367,000 pairs of socks(over 30 Tons) to our Marines in units forward such as 1/1, 1/5, 1/7 (twice) 1/8 1/9, 3/3,3/7(twice), 2/4, 3/4, 1st and 3rd Recon,,1/8,2/8,  3/8, 2/7,3/9 Echo Battery and a whole bunch of Army Units. If a Marine or Soldier needs socks, and we know about it, they’ll get them.

Currently we are supplying 2 Marine Infantry Battalions, a number of Marine Support Units and a bunch of Army Units who are currently supporting the fight against radical Islamic Extremists. Your help will go along way in making their deployments a little easier by taking one more worry off of the Marine’s minds, and letting them focus on the big job in front of them.

Please contribute to “Socks for Heroes”.  Your donation will be used to purchase socks and have them shipped to Afghanistan to our brave American Heroes in harm’s way.  You can contribute on a one-time basis, or ask us to remind you on a monthly basis if you would like to continue your support through the deployment.  You can also adopt a Squad, Platoon or a Company.

Not into online donation?  Please drop us a check at:

SCMCSG – 2171 Via Teca, San Clemente, CA 92673

Thank you for your generosity!


Your PayPal Donation will be made to the San Clemente Marine Corps Support Group, a non-profit 501(c)(3), to fund their Socks for Heroes Program.