I heard Tom on WLS, where he told a story about teenage kids stealing and burning school supplies for younger kids.
I have a suggestion. If a similar situation arises, the soldiers should gather the young kids together and teach them "The Alphabet Song". Then go up to the "leader" of the teenage punks and have the soldiers and kids sing their common song right in front of the stupid bullies.
That will stop this kind of nonsense.
I am from Peoria and have two sons serving in eastern Afghanistan--one is an enlisted soldier with the Illinois National Guard 33rd BCT, 1-178 Infantry and his older brother is a 1st LT and Army ranger with the 10th Mountain Division from Fort Drum, NY. He (the oldest) just left yesterday after his two precious weeks of R & R here at home. I wanted you to know that, while here, he saw your coverage of the Illinois soldiers and was most impressed and appreciative. Although his is an entirely different unit, he is engaged in many of the same activities you covered. The obstacles he faces and the triumphs he experiences, large and small, do not differ significantly. I've said it before and I will say it again--THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for bringing an awareness to all Americans of the incredible bravery, selflessness and integrity of ALL our troops serving in harms way. These men and women really are the next "greatest generation..."
Keep up the great work and know that you "play in Peoria."
Julie Comfort (proud mother of Specialist Drake H. Comfort and 1LT James D. Comfort)
I am the mother of one of the soldiers in your June 9, "What They Bring" report. We live in Springfield, so naturally we did not know about the coverage until now. Your coverage was indeed one of the best I have seen or read. I thank you for bringing a little piece of my son and all who serve to us.
Thank you for all you have done.
Aaron's Mom & Stepfather
Retired LTC & CW5