Family, friends, and sometimes even troops themselves send I-Report salutes nearly every day to U.S. military serving their country away from home. Take a look below as family and friends share stories of the troops they love.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Turning 21 in Iraq

Cpl Verhagen, USMC, is currently deployed to Falluja, Iraq with the 2nd Battalion, Alpha Company, Scout Platoon. His responsibilies include patrolling and monitoring the surrounding areas. This is his 2nd deployment to Iraq and while there he will celebrate his 21st birthday in June. Aaron is a loving, kind, and thoughtful brother, uncle, son, and grandson. He is adored by his 3 older sisters, one of which is serving in Afghanistan with the USAF. Aaron has wanted to be a Marine since he was a little boy, following in the footsteps of our dad. We are proud of his service to our country, and we pray everyday for his safe return home in November '07.

Thank you for the opportunity to honor my Brother! Previously you saluted my Sister, Buffie Verhagen. She is featured in Part 2 of "Salute the Troops". My family is proud to have 2 of our own serving this country, and we are thankful there are people like you out there who appreciate them as well!

-- Hollie Reno of Kingwood, Texas
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