STRAIGHT FROM THE SENATE

DAVID LONGSUPPORT INDIANA TROOPS, SPREAD ‘HOOSIER CHEER FOR OUR HEROES’ THROUGH CARD DRIVE

I encourage residents to join Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman’s fifth annual holiday season mail campaign for troops called “Hoosier Cheer for Our Heroes.”

When you make your holiday card list this year, please remember Indiana servicemen and women who will be spending the holidays far away from families and friends – some in very harsh environments.

Skillman’s office is collecting cards and will send them to Indiana troops around the world. Those who want to participate should send cards and letters to Skillman’s Statehouse office by Friday, November 19, to the following address:

Office of Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman

c/o Hoosier Cheer For Our Heroes

200 W. Washington St., Suite 333

Indianapolis, IN 46204-2797

Hoosiers can also send an electronic note to lg@lg.in.gov.

Skillman’s office received a record 35,629 cards for troops during the 2009 holiday season, topping the previous year’s total by about 15,000. In the four-year history of this campaign, approximately 92,000 cards have been donated and delivered from virtually every county in Indiana.

Sets of cards have come from schools, social clubs, church groups, scouting organizations and families who made it their mission to send as many as possible. In the past, cards have included pictures drawn by children, jokes, scripture and even updates on the Indianapolis Colts. Messages on the cards should be light-hearted and encouraging. Artwork – especially drawn by children – is appreciated.

Military officials advise it is best to avoid glitter and confetti when sending our troops holiday cards. Also, as much as folks might be tempted, our cards should not include candy, money or other holiday surprises.

This holiday card campaign is an important way for Hoosiers to say “thank you” for the continued efforts of local troops. Since September 11, 2001, Indiana has deployed more than 14,500 National Guard members to Iraq and Afghanistan.

During the holidays, perhaps more than any other time of year, Hoosiers appreciate the heroism of our troops and the sacrifices they make by being away from family and friends. My hope is area residents, congregations, veterans and civic organizations join Lt. Gov. Skillman and me in this worthwhile effort to express our state’s gratitude and good wishes.

David Long - IN Dist. 16 Senator

He is a Republican member of the Indiana State Senate representing the 16th district which encompasses Waynedale. He serves as the President Pro Tempore of the Indiana State Senate. David writes the "Straight From The Senate" column for the newspaper.

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David Long - IN Dist. 16 Senator

He is a Republican member of the Indiana State Senate representing the 16th district which encompasses Waynedale. He serves as the President Pro Tempore of the Indiana State Senate. David writes the "Straight From The Senate" column for the newspaper. > Read Full Biography > More Articles Written By This Writer