By Emily Louise Zimbrick –
The Washington Times
Published September 29, 2003
With Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz announcing the likelihood of troops remaining in Iraq “right through the end of next year,” charities see an even greater need to send care packages to U.S. service members abroad.
“It is even more important now. Troops need to receive thoughts and sentiments,” said Carolyn Blashek, founder of Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit organization that sends packages to U.S. soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen. “The troops don’t so much need actual things as they need appreciation and support.”