To the editor:

My family and I have much for which to be thankful. I would like to share one particular blessing.

I am a member of the Pecan Valley Detachment of the Marine Corps League. In 2006, we raised $15,000 to buy special gifts for the 56 wounded and burned Marines then being treated as inpatients at the Burns Unit at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio. This was our way of trying to show our appreciation for their service and sacrifice. In the late fall of 2006, we delivered personalized gifts to each of the Marines at BAMC.

With Thanksgiving upon us and Christmas right around the corner, I called the Officer in Charge of the Marine detachment assisting the wounded Marines at BAMC.

I asked what special needs the wounded Marines might need help with for this holiday season.

He replied, I am happy to tell you we have NO inpatient Marines here at BAMC. Things have definitely changed in Iraq, thank God.

Please, let us not interject politics into this significant reduction in terribly wounded and burned Marines. Let us on Thanksgiving day just be thankful for this great blessing.

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas from all your Marines.

Semper Fi.

Russell Bentley, Senior Vice-Commandant

Marine Corps League-Pecan Valley Detachment