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A message to the reader

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Dear Residents:

We need your help.

The Brazil Times has made attempts to contact military personnel with the hope of gaining names of local soldiers who are heading over or are currently in Iraq, proudly serving our country.

Those attempts haven't faired as well as we would have liked.

So, we are asking you, the reader, to contact us regarding this.

These soldiers are putting their lives on the line regularly to defend our country.

They deserve to be recognized.

They are true heroes.

They are the people youngsters should be looking up to. They are the ones we should be celebrating on a consistent basis.

And yet, sometimes, they slip through the cracks.

How unfortunate.

But that is not what we want to see happen.

We want you to contact us. Each soldiers deserves to be recognized with his/her own article.

Some people have already contacted us.

We've had a handful of soldiers' families contact us letting us know that these individuals were heading to training in order to travel to Iraq for extended duty.

But we're quite sure there are more out there.

We need you to give us a call. Let us know about these soldiers. We want to tell their story. The story that often goes untold. The story about the ones that are left behind.

We, like you, are just as proud of these men and women who have taken an oath to protect our country.

They need to be recognized.

It isn't enough to generalize about the celebration that took place at the RCA?Dome in Indianapolis at the beginning of the year.

That doesn't tell the real story. The whole story.

That's only a snippet of the truth. And the truth is what we're after.

Share your stories with us. Be like the Myles' family, or like Janet Hagemier, who shared her story. Or Sarah Walker, who came to our office to tell her story.

We want to share these stories with you, the reader.

These stories and moments are important.