Everyday Heroes: Attorneys Support Soldiers

John Price
John Price

HONOLULU (KHNL) -Just about everyday, you hear about violence in the Middle East, or controversy over our involvement in Iraq.

A group of local attorneys put their opinions aside to form a hui of support for soldiers.

John Marshall and John Price appreciate what our troops are doing in the Middle East. So every week, they send them care packages.

"Things that remind our guys of being home when they're not deployed," said Price.

Things like magazines, movies and macadamia nuts. It's a grassroots effort that involves one attorney buying the goodies and the other mailing them out.

"I grew up outside of the United States and I think a lot of us who did are pretty gung ho Americans and saw more of our military abroad and feels for them," said Marshall.

The mission began more than three years ago, when several other attorneys pitched in. Word spread and the donations roll in. So far, these two have collected thousands of dollars and sent hundreds of care packages. Often times, the soldiers respond.

"It's just awesome. It's a terrific feeling to know that in the middle of a war, they're taking their time write a thank you note to us, when the thanks should be going the other way," said Price.

The men and women abroad also send gifts from the Middle East.

Sometimes, soldiers thank these guys in person.

"That just makes my day, when guys come back and say 'thank you,' " said Marshall.

These men say it's not whether they agree with the war, but it's about supporting the soldiers and how one small token of appreciation, goes a long way.

The men say they're not looking for any more donations.

If you'd like to help, they suggest you make contributions to other groups supporting troops, such as the Injured Marines Fund, Wounded Warrior Project or Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund.