Letter: Happy holidays to our troops

Every Christmas, I like to remind people to think of our troops serving abroad in over 100 countries. In today’s military, many of our troops have families at home. It can be very tough for younger kids not to have a mom and/or dad at home with them during the holidays.

The recent passing of Bob Dole made me think of the 16 million Americans who served in WW II. Over 400,000 died and hundreds of thousands wounded, including many with lifetime injuries like Bob Dole, who lost the use of his right arm but had a remarkable Public Service career. Only about 240,000 of the Greatest Generation veterans are still with us today.

If you know of a family that has someone serving through the holidays, maybe give them a call or leave a gift (cookies?), at their front door. Or you can donate to USO which helps troops in many ways. And if you know of a WW II veteran, reach out to them or their family.

I still remember my Christmas in Vietnam (101st Airborne, 1967-68) but the vast majority of us were single men. Different today.

— Bob Mulholland, Chico

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