HAGERSTOWN - Local students are helping to cheer up wounded soldiers at a U.S. installation in Germany.
When retired U.S. Army Maj. Dieter Protsch of Hagerstown visited Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany this November, he took with him 300 letters of support from Western Heights Middle School students and $1,500 worth of phone cards, bought with money raised by Thomas Gough, a senior at Southern Fulton Junior-Senior High School in Warfordsburg, Pa.
The one thing soldiers always ask for is phone cards, Protsch said.
Wal-Mart and a phone card company called Pingo were among the businesses that donated money and phone cards to Gough's effort.
"It seemed like a good thing to do, the right thing," Gough said.
The November visit was the sixth for Protsch since the war in Iraq started.
Protsch started visiting troops overseas because, "Iraq, let's face it, we're there on our own," he said.