Letter to the Editor

Let's all support family members of U.S. military

Tuesday, February 4, 2003

To the editor:

As the days go by with Iraq's noncompliance with the United Nations' latest resolution and the U.S. military buildup continuing in the Persian Gulf region, it appears that war with Saddam Hussein in Iraq could be just around the corner. There are currently 90,000 U.S. forces in the region. If war starts, that number could reach as high as 250,000.

The forgotten members of the military left behind are the spouses and dependents of our fighting men and women. As Americans, we all support our military forces overseas. Another way to support the troops from home is if we are also supporting the families they leave behind.

As a fellow American, a disabled veteran and a citizen of this great nation, I ask all religious groups, businesses, veteran organizations and all the people of our fine communities to reach out and help these families.

Thank you, and God bless America.

A.G. CARROLL

Second Vice Commander

AmVets Post 113

Farmington, Mo.