I am writing this letter in reference to the recent response that Mr. Lemon wrote in regard to Capt. Poyser’s letter.


I am writing this letter in reference to the recent response that Mr. Lemon wrote in regard to Capt. Poyser’s letter.  Following so close to a vehicle that you cannot see the signal light is dangerous not only to yourself but to the tractor trailer operator.  They are trying to take care of themselves and everyone around them, so if you cannot see the light you are so close they cannot see you in their mirror either.  Please keep a good distance from all large vehicles and keep everyone safe.
I am sure that everyone who has been deployed whether once or more times realizes more than most that life is very frail, we need to go to any extreme to try and make it home safe, whether over here or back home on the roads.  Being in the military is an honor, but it is also a personal decision, and should not be used as a basis to get special treatment or favors.  Granted that does happen, but spontaneously, not by request.
When the soldiers of the Army Reserve 428th Detachment 1 on Paris Gravel Road went to Wal-Marts to buy footballs and basketballs with their own money prior to our deploying  over here this time, a gentleman in line stepped up and scanned his own credit card, paying for all the sports equipment.  We never got his name but that act will not be forgotten.
Knowing that people recognize the sacrifice we make helps to offset the problems and stress that come with every deployment.  I know Mr. Lemon has nothing but the highest regard for service members and would do whatever he could to help them. As far as the Soldiers of the Army Reserve unit in Hannibal, we are almost to the halfway point and looking forward to returning to our families and our community.  And to the Patriot Riders and the American Legion, I am sorry to have missed the parade this year, but plan on being around next time!  Thanks for all that your organizations do for us.

SFC Robert L. Vandelicht
(428th Transportation Company Hannibal, MO)
4th Sustainment Brigade
Baghdad Convoy Support Team NCOIC