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October 8, 1990

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One of the most commendatory public trends regarding the deployment of American military forces to the Persian Gulf region has been the broad effort to send greetings of some kind to our service people to let them know they are in our hearts and minds.

To be sure, when a grade school class creates and sends notes and remembrances ``to whom it may concern,'' it is not quite as important as a letter from a family member, spouse or friend. But it IS important, and it is good so many individuals and organizations are organizing such projects, including the mailing of books, cookies and the like.

Anyone who ever has been at ``mail call'' in the service can attest to the delight of getting something, sometimes just anything, that indicates somebody somewhere recognizes the recipient's existence and goals. It can reach the point that even a commercial circular is welcome.

During the Vietnam War, the Journal-World compiled and regularly ran a list of local area people serving overseas, and many readers sent them notes and items. One needn't talk long to those who were on the receiving end of such thoughtfulness to realize its value to morale. A number of long-lasting acquaintances were struck up through the mailings.

Perhaps the best rule of thumb in regard to the Persian Gulf personnel is ``when in doubt, do it.'' If you happen to know somebody over there, let them know you care and think of them. If you are a member of a group inclined to send messages or small gifts, particularly at Christmas, get with it.

Duty in Operation Desert Shield cannot be enjoyable for most, and any kind of moral support from home means a lot. The more the better. Fortunately, many already are working along this line. Let's hope there will be many more until our people come home.

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