Staff SGT Donald Wayne West, Jr., enlisted in the United States Army National Guard on September 11, 2001. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Company A of the 150th Combat Engineers served active duty Aug 29, 2004, until Dec 30, 2005. SSGT West returned to college in January, 2006. He married Lauren Ritchie June 9, 2006, at Seaside, Fla., and they have three children. SSGT West completed military service at Camp Minden, LA on Aug 23, 2009.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Day 107 - Shelia Biffle, Mother's Day Hero

When Shelia Biffle received 3500 Mother’s Day cards from Paramount Greetings a few weeks ago, she stayed up all night preparing to ship them to Iraq for soldiers to send back in time for Mother's Day.

Not wanting soldiers to have to count cards, Shelia bundled them in groups of 100, ensuring all units would get what they needed. Then she re-boxed the bundles with a cover letter in each box, letting the soldiers know the cards had been donated by Paramount. And then she shipped them out!

The most amazing thing is Shelia's hubby is "former" Guard. She didn't do this for "her" soldier. She did this out of the big heart she has for the soldiers of the 155th and their families!

Here's one mighty grateful mom holding the card her son sent addressed to, "My Momma."

Happy Mother's Day, indeed.
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