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 July 23, 2010


More than 225 cards made at McCoy event to thank veterans

Many heartfelt sentiments covered the “thank you” and “thinking of you” cards made for veterans at the Fort McCoy Armed Forces Day Open House.
ART: Submitted by Fort McCoy Army Community Service.

More than 225 cards were made, with 197 delivered to veterans at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tomah, and some were hand-delivered or mailed to someone the originator knew personally, said Lorie Retzlaff, Family Focus program manager. The card-making activity was sponsored by Army Community Service (ACS), Family Focus Program.

Attendees used rubber stamps, stickers, markers, and their creativity to decorate the cardstock and envelopes.

“Be proud for what you have done for the world!” was one message written on the cards.

Creators as young as 2 years old sat down to record their thankfulness. 

One young man sat for almost an hour creating his masterpiece and suddenly was gone, no signature, no need for recognition, just thankfulness in the form of an image.  Another message, “I follow in your footsteps …” said it all.

“The Family Focus Program is committed to providing Families in the Fort McCoy community quality activities, workshops, and events that are fun for the entire Family,” Retzlaff said. “Positive, fun, Family interaction builds stronger Family roots, giving Families a firmer foundation that will enable each member to better cope with the storm clouds of life.”

“The goal of Family Focus is to help Families make those positive, fun memories together … memories that will last a lifetime, thereby building a stronger community, now and in the future.”

For more information on the Family Focus Program or to become a member, visit ACS at 2111 South 8th Avenue or phone 608-388-6507.

(Story and art from a veterans card submitted by Fort McCoy Army Community Service.)

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