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TROOPS NEED TO KNOW WE ARE SUPPORTING THEM

My son left his wife and four children to participate in Operation Desert Shield. He felt all of the emotions, but the bottom line was his duty to his country.

My son and the members of his unit understand and know why they are there, what their duty is. The only thing that would discourage them would be a "Vietnam Syndrome," a feeling that our country is not behind them.

As a World War II combat infantry veteran who spent two years in the Korean conflict, I never doubted that my country was behind me. I want that support for my son and all our military in this crisis. If some big mouths hadn't open their yaps, maybe Saddam Husein would have gotten the message a long time ago and my son would have been home for Christmas.

ALLEN WANDERLICH
Buffalo

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