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Stars and Stripes to Deliver Personal Messages From Home

National Guard Bureau

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2003 – U.S. troops deployed to the Persian Gulf region and other overseas locations will soon receive personal messages from family members, friends, neighbors, colleagues and supporters via the pages of Stars and Stripes.

"Messages of Support," a daily section debuting March 17, will give family and friends of deployed service members a chance to pass their greetings, words of encouragement and announcements free of charge.

"In the past few weeks, we've received a significant number of e-mail messages from spouses, parents, friends and others trying to get in contact with their loved ones serving in the Persian Gulf region. Running messages from folks on the home front seemed like a natural extension of our mission," said Stars and Stripes Publisher Thomas Kelsch.

"Messages of Support" can be e-mailed to Stars and Stripes 24 hours a day at messages@estripes.com, are limited to 50 words or less and will be printed on a first-come, first-run basis. Stars and Stripes reserves the right to screen and edit all messages and to omit any determined inappropriate.

Stars and Stripes is the editorially independent, Defense Department-authorized daily newspaper distributed overseas for the U.S. military community. It provides commercially available U.S. and world news and objective, staff-produced stories relevant to the military community in a balanced, fair and accurate manner. Stripes is currently increasing its Middle East circulation with the goal of providing one paper for every three persons stationed there.

(From a Stars and Stripes announcement.)

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