Family uses Facebook to send Packers flag to soldier overseas

By: Madeline Anderson Email
By: Madeline Anderson Email

Published: Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 --- 2:40 p.m.

For the men and women serving overseas, the simplest reminders of home are often what keep them going.

"Some of the things that we do send is a container of dirt and grass seeds, because they grow grass. Because there is no grass," said Debbie Hesse.

Her son Casey Raimer deployed to Afghanistan in Sept.

"The RG in front of him hit an IED and it killed three of the soldiers and critically wounded another soldier," Hesse said.

As a combat engineer, Casey risks his life everyday going out on road missions to look for IEDs.

"We just pray," his mom said. "That's all you can do is pray everyday."

Casey isn't due to come home until next summer. So while he waits, his mom and wife Maggie Raimer are trying to bring a little bit of home to him.

The 24-year-old is a huge Wisconsin sports fan, and is even a shareholder of the Packers.

At NBC 15, we often ask our viewers to show their Packer pride on our Facebook page. Hesse posted one of Casey holding a Packers flag at his base in Afghanistan. He's since changed bases but left the flag with the troops there. Now his family hopes to surprise him with a second one. His mom and wife are trying to get get enough 'likes' on the post so the Packers will send Casey a green and gold flag to fly at his new base.

"I think he will be ecstatic," Maggie said. "I know there's other guys on the base too from the Wis. area who are Packers fans and will be thrilled. And it's just nice that they get something fun from home."

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