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Heartfelt thanks
Polk County Itemizer-Observer

May 25, 2005

When deployed overseas, the support of family, friends, coworkers, and an employer cannot be overstated. Just knowing your community remembers carries significance hard to describe to the uninitiated; I will never forget what people did for us, never.

This letter is a public "THANK YOU" for everyone that sent an encouraging word, a card or letter, and "care packages" while I have been deployed here in Iraq. I am especially grateful for the numerous act of kindness -- for the extra effort made by people - for my troops.

Keith Moes, Bob Birman, and Medina Schwab scrambled to find some unanticipated items needed to help boost morale for our Ops Section; their extra effort brought a lot of smiles to some tired folks.

Don Homuth, Dave Sherman, Wayne Mosher, Jim and Betty Schunk, Joe Trealeven, Peter Ronai, Vera and Howard Bearg, Ken Pingel, Dennis Martin, Rex Kehler, and Jeff Zurschmiede sent homemade jams, smoked salmon, and an assortment of Oregon treats.

"Operation Oregon Treats" introduced the whole unit to Oregon Hospitality.

Eve Young, Michael Dwyer, and their classmates from California asked to "adopt" individual airmen who hadn't received any mail. Their unexpected generosity made a lasting impression; they helped some lonely folks remember that they weren't alone.

Finally, I want to thank Butch and Julie Evans, Paul, Loretta, and Grace Pogorzelski, Robert Matthews, Stan and Cheryl Peterson, and mostly -- Joan and Katie - you especially, have made the past months bearable.

Paul L. Evans
Editor's note: Maj. Paul Evans was to finish his second tour of duty in Irag on Wednesday, May 25, and should be home in early June.


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