Students prepare holiday greetings for troops overseas

From left, Dustin Hunt, Courtney Alger and Colton Bursee organize letters that students wrote to send to deployed troops Wednesday morning at Copperas Cove High School.

A group of Copperas Cove High School students who know first-hand about separation from family during the holidays found a simple way to convey their support to deployed troops.

The Military Brave, Resilient, Adaptive, Tolerant Students of Copperas Cove High School collected holiday greeting cards last week for Cards for Troops, a program that gives students a way to share holiday cheer with soldiers currently deployed overseas.

Sherce Hampton, lead counselor for Copperas Cove Independent School District, said she had been looking into cost-effective ways for students to lend support when she ran across the Facebook page “Holiday Mail For Heroes” sponsored by the Red Cross.

According to the organization’s website, it provides assistance each year to more than 2 million service members and many of the nation’s 24 million veterans. The cards and personal messages, sent by thousands of Americans, provide a welcome “touch of home” for troops during the holiday season.

Freshman Dustin Hunt’s father is currently deployed.

“(This project) is important to me because it gives (the soldiers) a sense of home,” Hunt said. “It lets them know that people care and respect them.”

BRATS president Courtney Alger’s father may be deployed next year. She said she was raised to help the troops no matter what.

“I’ve been doing this kind of stuff since I was in the fourth grade,” Alger said.

Hampton is also a child of a parent in the military and is familiar with deployments. She said her father deployed during Desert Storm and is now retired from the Army.

“We thought it would be a great opportunity to let (soldiers) know they’re not forgotten,” Hampton said. “I’m a military brat myself. Once a military brat, always a military brat.”

BRATS of CCHS is open to any student whose parents are active, reserve or retired military. The group meets every Monday at 3:30 p.m. in the counseling center. Contact Hampton at 254-547-2534, ext. 179 or

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