The Seattle Times had two cool military stories over the weekend. An reporter on Sunday visited a weekend seminar of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The organization, known as TAPS, is widely known for doing some fantastic work for people who have lost loved ones in combat.
From the story:
After the session, the children carried balloons outdoors, letters to their parents written on tissue paper, attached to the strings.
“I love you dad. I miss you. I wish you were here. I’m in kindergarten now,” wrote Aly Wisenhunt, 5.
Trevor McCants, 14, and one of the oldest children there, wore a badge with his father’s photo. “I love and miss you,” he wrote on the tissue paper. “I wish you could be here now.”
Then he released his balloon, and he watched it rise for a very long time.
Also that day, reporter Erik Lacitis talked to a veteran who worked at Area 51 in Nevada. But if you’re thinking that’s where the Roswell aliens were taken after their crash (hey, I used to work in New Mexico and know people who swear to that theory), you’ll be disappointed. Instead, former CIA contractor James Noce of Vancouver, Wash., helped work on the A-12 and SR-71 Blackbird spy planes.
Not UFOs, but still pretty dang cool.