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Mothers support the military

Dear Editor:We are three area Christian women who have come together through the love of our soldiers; we are “mothers of the same heart.”Jody MacGregor supports our military, but especially her son Adam, his buddies and his unit in Iraq. Betty Scranton supports our military with a special focus on those serving in Iraq/Afghanistan with local ties. She has counted over 80 such families since 9/11, keeping track of as many as possible. Cathy Meskel supports our military and to date has personally sent out over 13,500 letters to American soldiers, with an additional 2,000 going out Christmas week.Jody, Betty and Cathy would like to thank those who have written to the newspapers this month in support of our troops, with special honor going to those local families with sons and daughters either returning from, or going back to duty in Iraq/Afghanistan.Jody praises our troops who have brought about the recent free elections in Iraq, wishing all a merry Christmas and letting them know they are missed at home. Betty thanks all the families that help her keep track of their sons and daughters, and expresses a special fondness for a local veteran of the Iraq war who spent part of his tour with allied soldiers from her beloved Albania.Cathy recounts from memory many of the hundreds and hundreds of responses she has received from grateful soldiers. Such comments as, “Your letter was exactly what I needed at that moment,” “Please don’t forget about us,” and a poignant message from Afghanistan: “Most of my soldiers are from broken homes and receive no mail.”Along with the ladies from North Platte, Neb., in World War II who met the “troop trains” bringing – as it turned out – over 3 million soldiers hot coffee, fried chicken and endless love over a five-year period until the war ended, Jody, Betty and Cathy pledge a similar message of support: Soldier, you and the America you protect will never be forgotten.Jody MacGregor, Rifle Betty Scranton, Glenwood Springs Cathy Meskel, Rifle