By Stephen Satkowski
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Far East District Public Affairs
SEOUL, South Korea - Despite being more than 5000 miles from the continental United States, Soldiers from the Far East District were reminded that they are still on the minds of many back in America.
The Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. Oklahoma Chapter 1, based in Tulsa, sent care packages to each service member of the Far East District August 4. Each Soldier received two personal letters, a book, hygiene items, socks, candy, snacks, stationary and a multitude of other practical items, including a little history about the National, Oklahoma and Tulsa Blue Star Mothers organization.
"I was delighted to receive a care package and all the great comfort items enclosed,” said Maj. Al W. Flowers, deputy area engineer, Humphreys area office. “I am also encouraged by the patriotic pride and love of Americans for their Soldiers. The Tulsa chapter of the Oklahoma Blue Star Mothers shared their love and support for the FED troops overseas and we are very grateful for it."
The Blue Star Mothers of America are mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, foster mothers and female legal guardians who have children serving in the military, guard or reserves, or children who are veterans.
In past years they have sent 74,123 care packages to members of the Armed Forces, giving more than 250,000 military personnel a little bit of love from home.
“We just want to be a blessing to our servicemen and women and let them know how much we love and support them,” said Saundra Bixler of the Tulsa chapter of the Oklahoma Blue Star Mothers. “I realize that we sometimes have service members who do not get those special things that help them know that they are loved and missed.”
The gesture was not lost on those FED Soldiers receiving the shipment from back home.
“It is great to get such a special package full of things that remind me of home!” said 1st Lt. Michael Mouw, Korea Programs Relocation Office, Medical Facilities Project Manager. “Thank you to the Blue Star (Mothers of America) and the authors of the letters that were in the package!”