Soldier's Wife Asks Arkansas Residents to 'Sponsor a Soldier'

July 31, 2003 - Posted at: 11:59 p.m. CDT

MARKED TREE, Ark. -- Many soldiers in Iraq recently got the news. Their stay will be longer than first expected, and more military members are being deployed.

Sergeant Daryl Hull was deployed with the 1123rd Transportation Company out of Marked Tree and Blytheville on February 13. His wife, Wilma, has been sending him cards and care packages ever since, and has adopted a few soldiers along the way.

"It's important to me, because those soldiers are over there fighting and representing America," she said.

To try to make more of an impact, Hull has started a card-writing campaign called SAS: Sponsor a Soldier. A 'thank you' poem written from one of her pen-pals inspired her to get it going.

Hull explained, "There's not a lot that we can do as far as physically helping them, but we can help them with moral support."

Army Captain Jim Dunivan, who now works at Arkansas State University, knows what it's like serving thousands of miles away from home. He served in Kuwait in 2000 as part of peace-keeping operations.

"What you don't want to do is let them think that they're forgotten, because, you know, things; we may think they're winding down. There's still a job to do," said Captain Dunivan.

If you would like more information about SAS, contact Wilma Hull at (870) 935-9077.