If you're wondering what to give to any member of the military who will be away from home for Christmas, whether serving stateside or deployed far away, consider donating to Operation Uplink.
Operation Uplink is a program of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. According to its web site, "Operation Uplink is a unique program that keeps military personnel and hospitalized veterans in touch with their families and loved ones by providing them with a free phone card. Using contributions from supporters like you, Operation Uplink purchases phone cards and distributes them to servicemen and women who are separated from those they care about."
You can also order a card for your favorite troop at the Operation Uplink web site. This is a very popular program, cards are delivered in about four weeks, so please send your request soon.
And while we're at it, send those Christmas cards to your loved ones at APO/FPO addresses soon as well. The U.S. Postal Service has recommended due dates for mailing if you want them delivered by December 25.
Merry Christmas to all our active duty, Reserve, and National Guard soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coasties! Thank you for keeping us safe and free!