If you're thinking about what you can do to help our men and women over seas this holiday season, a suggestion coming from many who have returned home helps bring home closer to our troops.
Soon after Veterans Day comes the holiday season when many families will be getting together, but this year millions of American troops will still be overseas fighting the war against terrorism, separated from their loved ones.
Maria Cooper, whose father is in Iraq, says, "I'm upset, but at the same time I'm very proud that he's over there."
And this is where the American communities can come into play. If you're looking for something to do for our troops there's something special on the wish list this year; little plastic pre-paid calling cards.
Senior MSGT Steven Sullivan of the Godby High School ROTC says, "Oh, absolutely, it's peace of mind when you can communicate with your family. It makes you feel better, especially during the holiday season."
Michael Whiddon of American Legion Post 13 adds, "To send over personal items, shampoo, soap, whatever, because troops over there don't have enough of it, it gives them a connection to home and it gives us a connection to them too."
No matter what you can do or send, returned troops say everything is greatly appreciated.
If you would like to send anything in the way of a care package, contact your local Red Cross or VFW.