“Old Backpack 4 Iraq” Program

May 13, 2004
Press Release
Today, Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) made the following remarks from the House Floor: “Mr. Speaker, Americans are rightly confident that the prison abusers are a tiny few of the over 300,000 American troops who have served in the War on Terror to protect American families,” said Congressman Wilson. “A more representative symbol of our troops efforts is the “Old Backpack 4 Iraq” Program of the 3/178 Field Artillery Battalion of the South Carolina Army National Guard led by Lt. Col. Mark King currently deployed to Iraq. They are collecting used and new backpacks containing school supplies to be provided to Iraqi children. “The backpacks can be loaded with pencils, pens, notebooks, crayons, rulers, construction paper, a small teddy bear, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, Band-Aids, soap, washcloth and a towel. “I urge my colleagues to assist in this collection and bring backpacks to Second Congressional District offices in Washington, West Columbia, and Beaufort along with the Offices of the Lexington County Chronicle. The first load must be completed by Thursday, May 21st, so that I can personally take them with me on a delegation to Iraq the next day. We will continue accepting for future deliveries after that date as well. “In conclusion God Bless Our Troops and we will never forget September 11th,” said Congressman Wilson. Please bring backpacks filled with supplies to any of the following offices: Washington, DC Office Attn: Michael Rentiers 212 Cannon HOB Washington, DC 20515 (202) 225-2452 Lowcountry Office Attn: Ted Felder 903 Port Republic Street, Beaufort, SC 29902 (843) 521-2530 The Midlands Office Attn: Amber Riddell 1700 Sunset Blvd (US 378), Suite 1 West Columbia, SC 29169 (803) 939-0041 ###