Girl Scouts, Community Working To Boost Morale Of Soldiers Overseas

By: Julie Maloney Email
By: Julie Maloney Email

National Guard soldiers teamed up with some girl scouts Monday night for a special ceremony.

Girl scouts are working to spread the message that the Mountain Warrior soldiers who left last September haven't been forgotten.

"Right now they're just getting into their routine," said Mountain Warrior Michael Mills.

"I'm a mom, I don't want my kids over there," said Mary Garland, mother of a Mountain Warrior.

Garland has a twenty year old son serving in Iraq and while she wishes he wasn't overseas, she's trying to boost morale for soldiers. Garland says she, along with a Barbourville Girl Scout Troop, sold nearly one thousand boxes of Girl Scout cookies which will be sent overseas to the Mountain Warriors.

"if I can do something that can help one soldier whether it's mine or another," Garland said.

Mills has served two tours since September 11th, 2001and he says getting any package in the mail brings a smile to a soldiers face.

"To get a package with cookies inside made it even better. It's such a treat. People would hang around the post office hoping they'd call your name out and you'd get a little package," Mills said.

Mills says he understands what soldiers overseas are going through being away from home, but he says he knows they're in good hands.

"I know each of them personally. If I was a parent right now, I would tell them don't worry about your children because the people that are leading and guiding them are the best of the best," Mills said.

The Mountain Warriors do know the cookies are on the way.

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