Honor troops with respect and gratitude
Editor's note: Lt. Col. Carol Lohman of Minneapolis is a Lansing High School graduate and the daughter of Lansing resident Caroline Camp. Lohman's mother wanted to share her daughter's "Christmas Letter 2005" with readers, and here it is.
Hello and holiday greetings from Al Udeid, Qatar,
Hopefully, these cards will make it to your homes before Christmas. It is hard to believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and shortly after that I will make my journey back home. It will be good to be home for the holidays. I look forward to seeing all of my family in Kansas and all of my friends in Minnesota.
It has been just as rewarding an experience to be here for the second time as it was the first time. As I have journeyed around going from base to base, I can tell you that there are many dedicated soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and civilians who are devoted to their mission and who are passionate in their belief that they are contributing to protecting America's freedoms and future. I also believe that they are doing so. I know it may be difficult for some of you to hold these same beliefs.
The future is unknown, and as the future becomes the present, it is impossible to see what life would have been had the past been lived differently. What I'm saying is that we may never know how much a difference those troops are making. I pray that you keep these men and women in your holiday prayers. The job that they do is incredibly challenging, complex and stressful - and yet, rewarding. Please honor them with your respect and gratitude, for so few do so much of the benefit of many.
Thank you very much for all the e-mails and packages, and for allowing me to indulge with the "News from the Deid 2." And also for the personal support while I have been here - I cannot tell you how much that has meant.
Have a Merry Christmas and a New Year that brings happiness, peace and prosperity.
Love you all,