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Letter: Remember soldiers in harm's way

To the Editor:

Whether or not anyone has ever served in the United States Military or not just think of all of the time all of us waste every day dreaming, sleeping, watching TV, especially wasting our hard earned money on the stupidest things that we do not ever need.

What I am really trying to explain here is, how long does it take to draft a letter to a very special friend who also might be having a very rough time right now. It does not take 15 or 20 minutes to do this. Now, who I am talking about are the soldiers of the 1-128 Infantry Battalion who recently have deployed to the Middle East for the second time.

Personally, I have always felt very guilty because I could not deploy with the Rice Lake Army National Guard on Father's Day, June 20, 2004 because of a hardship in my immediate family. My mother, the late Carol Wing of Menomonie was dying of emphysema. She died on Monday, Oct. 1, 2007 at age 74.

I am encouraging every friend and relative of any soldier from the 1-128 Infantry Battalion to write letters to their loved ones. Ask them what they want or need. Keep a close eye on The Weather Channel and tell them what the weather is doing here. Send a newspaper clipping of interest, especially the sports section after a Green Bay Packers game. The newspaper typically prints color photos from the game as well.

After the Rice Lake Army National Guard deployed the first time I drove up to Shell Lake and for only $26.00 a year I bought a subscription to the Shell Lake newspaper, and every Friday morning sent it first class to Sgt. David Wilson, who as a matter of fact is the Shell Lake Police Chief. Every week I would also send a letter to Sgt. Wilson, Sgt. 1st Class Charles Anderson and our First Sergeant David Malsom. After their return home on October 29, 2005 they informed me that to the best of their knowledge they received everything I ever sent to them. They are fighting for our freedoms that keep us all safe and sound 24/7. It is the least we can do for them. Don't you think so to?

Spc. Michael G. Wing

Operation Desert Shield/Storm Vet

Wisconsin Army National Guard (Ret.)

Minot, North Dakota