Boston Cares: Letters to National Guard Soldiers and Airmen Project

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October 26, 2011
Guard Support is pleased to announce our new partnership with Boston Cares. Boston Cares will provide enthusiastic volunteers to assist Guard Support with events, programs and projects.

Boston Cares logoBoston Cares is the largest volunteer action center in New England. In 2010, more than 25,000 Boston Cares volunteers contributed 70,000 hours to 300 non-profits in the Greater Boston area.

The first project that Guard Support has partnered with Boston Cares on is the "Letters to Guard Soldiers and Airmen Project". Through our partnership with Boston Cares 600 letters will be written for our National Guard Soldiers and Airmen serving in Afghanistan and in other countries overseas. Guard Support will work closely with unit Family Readiness Groups to have the letters sent to their loved ones serving overseas.

Letters to Soldiers and AirmenOn September 11, 2011  Boston Cares volunteers commemorated the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 by writing letters to our National Guard Soldiers and Airmen serving overseas. Several more letter writing events are scheduled for the week of Veterans' Day (November 11, 2011), on National Family Volunteer Day on November 19, 2011 and on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 16, 2012.

Below is one of the letters a Boston Cares volunteer wrote on September 11, 2011 at the 9/11 Memorial to a National Guard Servicemember deployed overseas:

To a True American Hero,

As a New Yorker, American, child of Afghan parents, and a muslim woman currently living in Boston, Mass. I would like to thank you. Thank you for fighting for this wonderful country, for fighting to protect the rights and freedoms I deeply cheerish, and for fighting to show the strength, courage and resilience of the United States of America.

Not a day goes by that all of our troops don't cross my mind and not a day goes by that I don't pray for all of you come back home safely. You are a True American Hero. You are a role model that American children look up to. You are the reason people like me can live in a country of peace, without worrying about everyday safety, I may never meet you or know your name, but please trust that I am deeply grateful for everything that you do and cannot imagine what this country would do without you.

Many thanks, prayers, and well wishes. Please come home safe.


Arian Rustemi

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