Navy Veterans Association takes credit for letters to troops from children at Catholic school

US Navy Veterans Assn. Washington Headquarters

* By Jeff Testerman and John Martin St. Petersburg Times *

A year ago, the children at the Academy of Saints Peter and Paul in Minnesota wrote letters to American troops overseas, including a U.S. sailor stationed in Iraq named Vivian N. Kamara.

After receiving the children’s letters, Kamara posted her thanks to them in a message on, a website that connects deployed U.S. troops with Americans who want to send mail or care packages.

“We are proud to report that we have received our first set of letters from the Academy of Saints Peter and Paul,” Kamara wrote.

Without permission, Kamara’s letter was copied and put on the website of the U.S. Navy Veterans Association, with a key alteration:

“Academy of Saints Peter and Paul” was erased, replaced by “the Middlesex County Girl Scout troop.”

Word that the credit deserved by the Catholic school students was claimed by someone else distressed Heidi Dondelinger, an administrator at the academy. The letters were a project during Catholic Schools week for the suburban Minneapolis academy, which has about 100 students, preschool through eighth grade.

“That is such a bizarre thing to do,” Dondelinger said. “What’s so frustrating is that it was so important to our kids to do these letters for the soldiers.

“That some other group is getting the credit is so upsetting. And all to put money in someone’s pocket.”

Read more: St. Petersburg Times

Cross posted at my site Bob Higgins


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