To the Editor:
Let us not neglect our soldiers who provide our freedoms.
Last year we had the Honor Flight Benefit to help our World War II veterans fly to Washington, D.C. to see the Memorials. Many of our World War II veterans enjoyed their trip.
This year we are going to send packages to our soldiers deployed overseas. Many from our local Artillery Battalion will be deployed to Afghanistan. The Iowa National Guard and Reserve has currently one of the largest deployments since World War II.
I know that overseas deployment can be very lonely and very difficult. Help us send something from home by donating items or money to send 'Care Packages' to our deployed family members who are over a thousand miles from home.
Sometimes the simplest item such as a Christmas card, a news article from the local paper, or a granola bar can let the soldier know that we still think of them. Help us let our soldiers know that we thank them for their service. Our soldiers stand guard to keep us free from terrorist attacks.
You can help us by bringing your items and donations to Ronald Hersom, Director of Veteran Affairs at the Palo Alto County Courthouse or by calling 852-2066.
(signed)?Ronald Hersom, Director
Palo Alto County
Commission of Veteran Affairs