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Opinion Letters Will you bring a smile to our soldiers?

During this time as our country pulls together to respond to the millions impacted by Hurricane Sandy, we must not forget the unwavering support that our military service members provide for us every day at home and around the world. Over this holiday season, many service members will find themselves celebrating far from loved ones stationed in remote locations or recuperating in military hospitals.

This Veterans Day, you can show your support for our military heroes at home and abroad by giving a gift from our 2012 Holiday Giving Catalog:

• For a soldier stationed overseas: Phone cards ($20) connect a lonely soldier far from home with their loved ones, and make the distance a little more bearable during the holidays.

• For a wounded warrior recovering in the hospital: Military comfort kits ($50) include a robe, shower shoes, toothpaste, an MP3 music gift card and other items that bring a warm, personal touch to a soldier’s hospital stay.

• For an injured hero returning home from service: A Red Cross caregiver training course ($75) can give family and friends the confidence and skills they need to care for the loved one they’re welcoming home.

For over 100 years, the Red Cross has proudly served our nation’s soldiers, veterans and military families – and we’re proud to have the support of generous, thoughtful people like you. Thank you so much for standing with us as we recognize the selflessness and courage of the military service members and veterans who have dedicated their lives to protecting our own.

Gail McGovern President and CEO, American Red Cross

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