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Thanks from Iraq

Dear Editor:My name is Justin Ladner of Pearlington, Miss. I am currently stationed in Iraq with the Mississippi Army National Guard. I was reading your coverage of Pearlington and how all the relief efforts were going. At the time of the article I had had no contact with any of my family members. You gave me a great deal of relief when you mentioned my grandmother, Margaret Ladner. I was so worried that my grandparents did not make it through the storm. You also mentioned other family members and neighbors and how they were coping with the storm. I felt a great joy when I saw my grandma’s picture in the article. You really put a smile on my face, which is hard to do under the circumstances I am in. I was really glad to hear my grandmother praising Roaring Fork for all their supplies and volunteers.I would just like to take the time to thank Scott Condon and The Aspen Times for the coverage and support you are giving my home town. I would also like to thank the people of the Roaring Fork Valley for all the donations and prayers they are giving my family and friends. Being overseas and unable to come home to help my family hurts, but having the Roaring Fork comforting and supporting my family brings ease to my pain. I would like the people of Roaring Fork to understand what it means to me that they are helping mycommunity in our desperate time of need. If there is anything I can do for anyone, please do not hesitate to ask. Thanks again for all your support!Spc Justin LadnerB Co 155th INFIskandariyah, Iraq

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