Soldier Fund Raising

By: Tamara Evans
By: Tamara Evans

A bake sale and yard sale was held Saturday at the National Guard Armory in Bowling Green to raise more than $6,000 to bring home nearly 105 soldiers.

The soldiers are from the 149th Regiment out of Eastern Kentucky, the 410th Quarter Masters and the second brigade 123rd Roac Division.

Many of these soldiers in these units are from the South Central Kentucky area. One example is Megan Roof's step-father, Sgt. Glen Skaggs,who is currently at Camp Shelby in Mississippi.

Roof is just one member of the family support group trying to raise money to bring the soldiers home for two weeks before they head over to Iraq.

"I think they really want to see everybody before they go over there for a year-and-a-half", Roof said.

Roof says that it's important to bring these soldiers home because being away for that long is a hard mission within itself on everyone.

"It's hard because all you think about is if they're okay, if they're going to come come, when they're going to come home, the next time you'll be able to talk to them", Roof said.

Debbie Vinson's son is also at Camp Shelby.

She was another family support group member at the yard sale on Saturday trying to raise money for the soldiers.

"It will take the men approximately nine hours to travel home and the money will pay for their transportation as well as their meals", Vinson said.

Even some veterans of past wars were at the event to show their support.

"I think this is going great. Maybe we can get our boys home before long," said Kenneth Doyle, Desert Storm veteran.

Veterans like Doyle said when they were in the war they didn't have the opportunity to come home, and they know how important it's to the soldiers to come home before they head to Iraq.

"A great deal. We've got to get them back", said Kenny Ralston, former drill sergeant.

If you would still like to help the family support group raise money, you can purchase a unit t-shirt, candle or a bracelet that says Proud to be an American ... We're in this together.

You can also contact Debbie Robinson at if you would like to be a pen pal or send a care package to the soldiers.

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