Mike Hutton

Forty years ago, I was in Vietnam and wasn’t too sure Santa Claus was going to find me for Christmas.
Well, old Santa was busy, but Mrs. Claus wasn’t. A lady by the name of Peggy Lehman decided she was going to do everything possible to bring me home for Christmas.
At the time, active military in Vietnam could come home for a seven-day leave with special orders. With a lot of work done by Mrs. Lehman and donations from the people of Gardner, I had orders cut to come home on leave. Well, sometimes things don’t always work out like they are hoped for.
For whatever reason, I was unable to come back to the world until my tour was finished. But my family and I have always been thankful for Peggy Lehman and our friends in Gardner for their work in trying to get me back for Christmas.
The reason I’m writing this letter is not only to remember those who tried to help me then but to remember our military troops away from home now. Mail call is still one of the most important things that happens during the day.
During this time of year, our military thinks more of home and family. They need to know that we have not forgotten them.
If you know someone serving this country, please send them a letter or card. Remember you just have to be away from home to be lonely. Many or our troops are serving in this country but are still unable to be home.
When filling out your Christmas cards this year, send one to: A Recovering American Soldier, c/o Walter Reed Medical Center; 6900 Georgia Ave. NW; Washington, DC 20307-5001.
Merry Christmas and God bless America.