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Iraq War Veteran Meets Pen Pals For The First Time

A Green Country soldier just back from Iraq met her fan club face to face for the first time Wednesday. They were a roomful of second-graders whose letters helped her through one of the toughest times in her life. The News On 6’s Heather Lewin reports just back from Iraq, Army Specialist Lindsay Whitworth went on a mission of her own, one more than a year in the making.

Whitworth finally got to meet the Hoover Elementary second-graders who surprised her with a huge packet of letters shortly after she went to war and kept the mail coming.

"It was just, I can't explain the feeling, it was joy that even though I'm halfway around the world my cousin and my family and people I didn't even know were right there supporting us," Whitworth said.

Mrs. Butler's class writes to a different soldier every year.

"We have never had in all the years we've written, anyone that has written to every child a letter like she has written," said Butler.

"To me, they were extremely important because it seemed like at the worst times, maybe we lost a soldier and I was feeling a bit down, or maybe we were just going through a rough time, or things weren't going the way I planned, those letters always seemed to come right at that perfect moment," said Whitworth.

Whitworth answered questions and brought in gear from Iraq to give the kids hands on experience.

“I feel like every last one of them are my little friends. And no matter where I go, I'll look back on this experience and go, I had 20 some odd friends while I was in Iraq," Whitworth said.

Watch the video: Hoover Students Meet Their Soldier Pen Pal
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