To bgl: You said... "As one who has served, I can tell you that people like
this are beloved, while most civilians (and their mealy mouthed thank you's) are
taken with a grain of salt".I too applaud the efforts of
Malone, Stewart, etc. However, I find your comment about the "mealy mouthed
thank you's" disconcerting. I am a veteran and personally find those thank
you's rewarding. Sometimes a heart-felt thank you is all people have to offer.
Please consider that before you discount the efforts and sincerity of others.
I believe we can all be heros by supporting our troops. Even the little things
we do can be huge. Karl Malone is a very kind man who comes from humble
beginings. I cant even imagine what he did to help the victims in hurricane
Katrina. Not only did he give money but he did countless hours of work and
service. I have met Karl Malone in person and know others who personally know
him. He is an incredibly kind and thoughtful person. He spends more time helping
others than you will ever know because he has a heart of gold.Our troops
need all the help they can get. Every little bit helps. Thank you Karl Malone
and all those who serve our troops for defending our country and freedom.
As I write this there are tears running down my creeks thinking about how
excited most of the troops would have felt when they saw - Karl, Jon Stewart,
David Blaine and Adm. Mullen. I wish that I could have been visited by
them when I served.I dont like most of Jon Stewarts politics but as far as
I see it he is a great American that puts himself out and supports our troops
in the combat area as does David Blaine.As for Karl if you know anything
about him he is one the great guys, he puts his time, effort & money where
his mouth is.Thank you Karl, Jon Stewart, David Blaine and Adm. Mullen
The lack of people commenting on this (and the previous article concerning the
trip) confirms my notion, that while many people SAY how appreciative they are
of our troops, few will actually take the time or effort to thank them, or those
who do as the Mailman is doing-namely putting his money, time and efforts on the
line to show how he feels. As one who has served, I can tell you that people
like this are beloved, while most civilians (and their mealy mouthed thank
you's) are taken with a grain of salt. Thank you Karl, Jon Stewart, David Blaine
and Adm. Mullen.
God bless him
Keep up the good work Karl.
Thank you, Karl.You have class indeed.
Fantastic move by Malone - our troops deserve much more than they receive, and
the USO tours and celebrity visits are a great way to try and deliver for them.
The Mailman delivers in a big way here! Love the guy. I was a huge Jazz fan in
the days of Stockton, Malone, and Hornacek. Sure wish he had come by to see us
in '02-'03 when I was at Bagram. Love what he said about athletes not being the
"real" heroes. Our service members serving downrange in the combat
zone are the true celebrities who should be making the news - guys like SFC
Petry who recently was awarded the Medal of Honor. Thanks, Mailman!
Our older sons met Karl Malone many years ago when he emceed a public service
event. Now a younger son got to meet him last week at Bagram. What a thrill
for those Utah soldiers, in from a remote forward operating base near the
Pakistani border and in Bagram only by chance, to meet a long-time Jazz legend.
Many thanks to Karl Malone. It says a lot about him that our family's only
personal contact with him was while he was doing public service.