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Hoosiers send cards to troops

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman
INDIANAPOLIS -- Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman presented the Indiana National Guard and the United States Naval Reserves 35,629 Christmas cards from Hoosiers to be distributed to Hoosier servicemen and women around the globe recently.

Maj. Gen. Martin Umbarger and Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony Speir represented the National Guard and the Naval Reserves, respectively, at a Statehouse ceremony Wednesday.

Hoosiers sent the cards for Skillman's fourth "Hoosier Cheer for our Heroes," campaign. Last year, more than 20,000 cards were shipped overseas and to military personnel training at Camp Atterbury.

"I am touched every day by the thoughtfulness and sincerity of Hoosiers in every corner of this state," Skillman said. "These troops deserve our recognition and all the people that correspond with them deserve some as well."

In four years of the program, more than 92,000 cards have been sent by Hoosiers from nearly every county.

The National Guard and the Naval Reserve will now distribute the cards to servicemen men and women serving overseas as well as some stationed at Indiana bases. The cards should arrive around the world in late December.

Skillman received cards and letters from various individuals and organizations and groups throughout the state. Many schools, scout groups, churches, military organizations and 4-H clubs participated.

"I hope Hoosiers make this a common practice, not just during the holiday season," Skillman said. "Indiana has troops overseas 12 months out of the year and they always appreciate a kind word."

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As a solider currently in Iraq, I just want to say thank you to the hoosiers who have not forgotten the soldiers. We really appreciate the support from back home. I received a christmas card today when I went to get my anthrax shot. How thoughtful! After serving the year overseas, I am proud to say I will be home before Christmas:)

-- Posted by proud mom and soldier on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 2:00 PM

It's nice to see groups like Prescription Audio doing what they can to support our troops, veterans, and their families during the holidays: http://www.prescriptionaudio.com/holiday...

-- Posted by chr1s on Wed, Dec 23, 2009, at 2:59 PM

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