To the editor:

Volunteers on the home front are "Supporting American Strength" at the University Hospital. The gulf war has instilled a renewed sense of pride, loyalty and sacrifice in America.As we celebrate the troops returning home and acknowledge their service, we want also to acknowledge our "troops," the volunteers, who help others year in and year out. The 150 volunteers, whether they be long-timers or newcomers, support about 50 areas in the hospital on a regular basis.

We depend upon them. Through their service, dedication and caring, volunteers exemplify all that is good about this country.

During National Volunteer Week, April 21-27, we want to recognize and thank the volunteers who have chosen to give of their time and talents.

Dot Maxfield

Director Volunteer Services

University Hospital