Wednesday, November 24, 2004

This Holiday Season, Adopt a Soldier

Whether you agree with our policy in Iraq or not, the truth is that our soldiers are there, bearing 90% of the coalition's burden.

Think President Bush was wrong to say "Mission Accomplished" more than 18 months ago? I do, too. But that doesn't change the fact that our troops are likely to be there for the remainder of Bush's presidency, and perhaps beyond.

That said, I wanted to pass along some information about a program created by some students at Manhattanville (N.Y.) College, called "My Soldier." You can go to for more information, or to take advantage of this vehicle to support our troops.

According to Manhattanville site: "My Soldier is a program that puts politics aside and lets U.S. soldiers know that someone back home cares. When a person enrolls in the My Soldier program, they agree to adopt a soldier. They receive a “starter kit” containing guidelines for letter writing and care package preparation, a red My Soldier bracelet, and a specially designed My Soldier baseball hat to include with the first letter they send to their deployed United States Armed Serviceperson. "

Those who enroll in the program send a letter or care package to a platoon contact, who then distributes it to a soldier. Manhattanville says 100% of soldiers "appreciate the letters," and about 80% have responded.

The program is free and open to the public (groups or organizations of 25 or more people are asked to contribute $10 per kit to help us defray the costs of the program). Since receiving attention in The New York Times and elsewhere, more than 17,000 people have enrolled.

The program was created by Juan Salas, an active U.S. Army Sergeant who also is a Manhattanville student, and launched with the help of Manhattanville College president Richard A. Berman. Salas, a naturalized US citizen originally from Venezuela, served for almost two years in Iraq, where he saw active combat duty and was commended for his part in saving the life of a child.

In addition to the Manhattanville website, people seeking more information can call (914) 323-5172. Corporations who wish to contribute funds or goods may call John Galgano at (914) 323-5117.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is nice.

any comments on dan rather being forced out? seems like that is pretty big news these days. or the problems over the intelligence reforms. strange situation there as well. dissention among the republicans-you hardly see that out in the open in recent times.

1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you look, there's an earlier post on the Specter situation, and dissent from Shays.

Lots happening in the world. The conservative wing of the GOP is definitely testing out how much power they have.

5:00 PM  

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