Operation Falcon Support sends care packages to boost soldiers morale

The hundreds items inside dozens flat rate boxes from the post office are simple: toiletries, snacks, tic-tac-toe games.

But they carry a lot of weight for soldiers in harms way.

\"They're going to remember that they are remembered, that we haven't forgotten them,\" said Dennis Loberjer.

Loberjer is one of many veterans who represent the American Legion Post 288 in Cedarburg and are volunteering their time to support soldiers protecting our freedoms.

\"Mail was the most important thing we got, at least for me when I was overseas,\" he said.

\"We never got boxes like this overseas,\" said James Lee, Korean War veteran. \"The only boxes you got were from your family, if they sent you something.\"

Their manpower is all part of Operation Falcon Support. It started when the newly formed Veterans Services Department at Concordia University got word a student soldier and his fellow troops were homesick.

It's the hope the care packages will lift the spirits of the 9520th Combat Engineer Division in Afghanistan.

The unit of 98 Wisconsin troops is assigned to route clearance and it's priority to show appreciation for their bravery.

\"It's what we're about. It's about camaraderie for us, doing what's camaraderie for the guys out in the field right now,\" said Eduardo Garza, director of veterans services at Concordia University.

The goal is for the care packages to arrive before July 4th, so the troops have a reason to celebrate America's independence.

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