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My earliest memories from childhood are seeing those 'funny looking letters' arrive from my brother who was in the Navy. I didn't really know him then because I was too young when he left. I know the letters made my mother cry and she saved them all. All I understood then was that I had an older brother who was in the war. As I became more aware, I learned that he was in the South Pacific. I have later learned that he was on Guadalcanal. When I did see him after the war, his skin was still yellow from Malaria and he was quite thin. It's hard to believe that this happened nearly 70 years ago.
I learned to love my brother and became close as he was married and raised a family. He's still very important to me, but has never talked a lot about those experiences. Thank you for your service, Loyd.
I have also known many other friends and family members who are veterans. My husband spent 20 years in the Air Force, as a fighter pilot, and we currently have several grandsons on active duty. I honor and respect them all.
My support for OPERATION WRITE HOME began after the Memorial Day Bloghop in 2009. We make cards for our heroes to send home to family in friends. There are rules and deadlines for the type of cards we make. You can learn more about this HERE.
We must make cards for special holidays well in advance to allow time for shipping both ways. The deadlines for Thanksgiving and Christmas cards are past. The deadline for Valentines is January 7, 2011.