A Different Perspective to the Holidays
by Nancy Salsman aka "nan"
As many of you know I belong to a wonderful organization called AdoptaPlatoon. It is a non-profit organization that sends support to as many of our deployed service men/women serving all over the world. We send letters, emails, birthday cards, and care packages on a regular basis.
I very proudly serve as a Platoon Mom to 45 soldiers deployed to Bosnia. They are my newly adopted sons. Iíve sent them Care Packages, emails, and letters on a regular basis. I joined AdoptaPlatoon in memory of my dad. My dad served in the United States Marine Corp during WWII and the Korean War. I remember my dad telling me stories about soldiers that never received any mail. Itís because of my dad that I very proudly serve as a Platoon Mom.
As part of their holiday package I made each one of my sons a stocking stuffed with goodies. The boxes were mailed in plenty of time for Christmas. During a recent email exchange I found out that my point of contact (POC) was playing Santa on base in Bosnia. It turned out that I was playing Mrs. Claus for our local VFW Post kids Christmas Party. My POC and I promised to exchange pictures of him being Santa and me playing the part of Mrs. Claus.
I wanted to share their Christmas Picture with you. It certainly put a new perspective on the holidays for me. I salute each of our service men/women currently serving our country. It is because of them that each of us can enjoy all the freedom that we do. Please remember our service men/women as they are away from their families. God Bless each of them!
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For more information about AdoptaPlatoon, visit their website at http://www.adoptaplatoon.org.
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