New group to provide support to forces

A SUFFOLK wife has launched a campaign to provide letters, aid and comfort to active members of the armed forces serving overseas.Ria Cabral, whose husband is stationed at Lakenheath, decided to create the non-profit Deployed Soldiers Network (DSN) as a way of thanking service men and women for their efforts.

A SUFFOLK wife has launched a campaign to provide letters, aid and comfort to active members of the armed forces serving overseas.

Ria Cabral, whose husband is stationed at Lakenheath, decided to create the non-profit Deployed Soldiers Network (DSN) as a way of thanking service men and women for their efforts.

The idea behind the scheme is that members of the public 'adopt a soldier', sending them letters, care packages and other suitable items.

If successful, the scheme will ensure that more and more soldiers standing in line at mail call will hear their name called out.

Mrs Cabral, of Oxer Close, Elmswell, said the group had members in both the UK and US.

She continued: "Our aim is to show support to these men and women who are dedicating their lives for our freedom – this includes support to the ill and wounded via military hospitals.

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"There are many soldiers who are single or who have no family. Most of the time they receive little if any mail at all.

"Just writing a letter to one of these soldiers could brighten their day and their outlook on life."

The scheme is not yet a month old, but there is already interest in it, with donated goods and letters mounting up.

Mrs Cabral said: "As we are a new group, we are wanting to reach out to both military members and people that might like to support us.

"We are also asking for people to make small squares for our quilts and blankets and we want to seek out those military members who are deployed or who are about to be deployed so we can add them to the network."

For more information on Deployed Soldiers Network e-mail infoatdsn@aol.com or call Ria Cabral on 01359 240533.

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