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4-H members collect items for troops

Evan R. Sanders | Tribune-Review
Heaven sent Salem Saddle 4-H club member Emily Verner (left), 16, of Saltsburg and parent volunteer Kerri Turner of Derry load packages collected for Soldiers' Angels during a club meeting at the Salem Township farm of Kathy Kepple on Sunday. March 17, 2013

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Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

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Founded in 2003 by the mother of two American soldiers, Soldiers' Angels provides assistance to veterans, wounded and deployed personnel and their families in a variety of ways.

Its motto is “May No Soldier Go Unloved.”

Soldiers' Angels was started by a the mother of two American soldiers, Patti Patton-Bader. Her eldest son, Staff Sgt. Brandon Varn, deployed to Iraq from 2003 to 2004, and her youngest was deployed in 2008.

In the summer of 2003, Brandon expressed concern that some soldiers in his unit did not receive any mail from home. Patton-Bader contacted friends and family and asked if they would support a soldier or two.

Within a few months, Soldiers' Angels had expanded into an Internet community with thousands of members worldwide, according to its website.

For more information: www.solidersangels.org

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