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."