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Serviceman says 'thanks'

Tuesday, August 26, 2003

U.S. Army specialist Jesus "Chucho" Santiago received one of the care packages sent by students at Bueker Middle School while he was stationed in Iraq. He recently visited his old school to say thanks.
Jesus "Chucho" Santiago, a specialist in the U.S. Army, used to live in Marshall and attended Bueker Middle School and Marshall High School. After his military work sent him to Iraq, he learned that while he was overseas, he hadn't been forgotten.

BMS students in the spring 2003 Breakfast Reading Club sent care packages to some of the soldiers from the area that either they or their families knew would be in need of certain supplies. The packages included shampoo, soap, hand sanitizer and other items they thought the soldiers would appreciate.

"I landed in Kuwait Jan. 23 and from there, when the war started, I was convoyed up to Iraq," said Santiago, 21, who is serving for the first time. "It was really nice, all the stuff in the package they sent me. It was all stuff I needed because there weren't any stores."

Arriving in Marshall last Friday to visit his parents, Angel Santiago and Beverly Thomas, as well as other loved ones, the soldier stopped in to see the Breakfast Club teacher, BMS librarian Beth Chase, and some other friends, to thank them for their support.

"I really appreciated it and I do appreciate everyone who supported the troops that were out there," he said, adding that his family had also sent him packages to let him know they were thinking about him.

Santiago left Monday morning to travel to Fort Stewart, Ga., where he will be stationed until otherwise commanded.