Supporting America's Troops

By: Heath Myrick
By: Heath Myrick

As Iraqi cities continue falling, the US government reminds us that this war is far from over and that many troops will remain overseas for sometime. Over the past week, we've witnessed individuals here in South Central Kentucky sending care packages and letters of support, while many more are still wondering what they can do for those defending out freedom.

For weeks area schools, businesses and other thoughtful citizens have purchased and shipped personal items for those troops serving overseas, however well intentioned, the military is reporting the many of those packages have been bulky and addressed to "any service member." In order to avoid clogging the mail system, those officials are now asking that smaller items be sent and care packages be addressed to specific soldiers.

At Fort Campbell, the remaining soldiers have been overloaded with items delivered to the base. They say they're just not able to coordinate those efforts right now and are requesting that you mail those packages on your own and to individual soldiers. Although Fort Campbell officials say troops are still in need of several items:

Baby Wipes Lotion Stationary
Batteries Chapstick Pen
Toiletry Items Hard Candy Enevelopes
Sunscreen Powdered Drink Mixes

The most significant need remains money to help support military family members. Here are a few local funds which have been established:

Operation Eagle's Nest
P.O. Box 203
Fort Campbell, KY 42223
{For more info: (270) 885-9096}

Installation Chaplain's Office
Attn: Operation Helping Hand
3101 Indiana Avenue
Fort Campbell, KY 42223
{For additional info: (270) 798-6123}

Eagle Family Support Fund
c/o 101st Airborne Division Assoc.
P.O. Box 929
Fort Campbell, KY 42223

The American Red Cross has played a key role in Operation Iraqi Freedom, sending hundreds of pints of blood to treat those wounded in the war. The Red Cross has also sent much needed supplies, if you would like to assist in its' efforts you can call 1-800-HELP-NOW.

American Red Cross
Armed Forces Emergency Services
P.O. Box 91820
Washington, DC 20090

You can also send a greeting to soldiers overseas through Operation Dear Abby. www.operationdearabby.net


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