Program started in WC helps soldiers here and abroad stay connected

As the violence continues to escalate in Iraq, thousands of American soldiers trying to secure peace are being honored in Westchester.

The nationally ranked Manhattanville Valients battled it out on the ice against the Wenworth Leopards at the Rye Playland Ice Arena for My Soldier Night. Manhattanville College student Juan Salas is the founder of the My Soldier program, which was created one year ago. The goal of the program is to show support for troops serving in hardship areas by establishing pen-pal relationships.

Over 175,000 soldiers have been adopted from families across the country. Salas and Manhattanville President Richard Berman are also creating another branch of the program called My Toy Soldier. The program will seek out toys for children whose parents are serving overseas.

To find out more on how you can help you can log onto My Soldier.

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