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.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
'So eager to serve his country'

This picture was taken the day my cousin LCPL Mike Mercado Jr. graduated from boot camp. He is photographed with both of his parents Michael and Ovelia Mercado.

My cousin LCPL Mike Mercado is in the United States Marine Corps. He always talked about being in the Military since he was a child, at 19 years old he signed up. That summer after he graduated high school he was off to boot camp and actually left 3 months earlier because he was so eager to serve his country. This is his first year not at home for the upcoming holidays it will be a difficult one for the entire family. But we cannot wait until he is back home. And we all are very very proud of our Marine.

LCPL Mike Mercado is orginally from San Marcos, TX and was stationed at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, CA. until he was deployed to Iraq this July. He is also part of an infantry unit while he is stationed in Iraq.

-- Amanda Zamora of San Marcos, Texas
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