11/20/2013 12:01:00 AM Remember active duty service men, women during coming holidays, VA urges
Thousands of U.S. servicemen and women will be on active duty in locations around the globe during this holiday season, which is quickly approaching. Emmet County Veterans Affairs Director Jim Alton and his "chief of staff" Rick Wiertalla are asking residents to remember these military personnel stationed and at war in foreign countries. "This county has a lot of men and women serving around the world," said Alton.
The Veterans Affairs office helps coordinate care packages and gift items that can be sent to U.S. troops. Alton said troops particularly appreciate food items (nonperishable and nonalcoholic) such as dried fruits and beef jerky. Personal care products are also appropriate items to send. "Even sending cards to our troops to let them know they are cared about is important," Alton added.
To coordinate a care package to Emmet County troops or other U.S. servicemen and women, contact the Veterans' Affairs office at (231) 348-1780 or email email@example.com. The office is also asking residents to provide the names/addresses of their loved ones so they may receive a care package.