As a member of America's communities, stop on May 18, Armed Forces Day, to please take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices made, on your behalf, by our troops.
Then, reach out and demonstrate your thanks personally or through a troop-support organization such as the Blue Star Mothers of America (members are mothers with sons and daughters serving in the military). You can donate in-kind goods for care packages, or meet the moms and ask what they need to continue the organization's support of American's military, veterans, and the families of our fallen heroes. You may be surprised — some groups may ask for postage money to ship care packages to troops around the world; other may just ask you to spread the word — that America's military needs to be supported by one and all.
Pat Soler, national president
Blue Star Mothers of America Inc.
Walnut Creek, Calif.