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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Mike Stokely Foundation Honors Iraq Hero, Helps Kids Learn to Read

Sgt. Mike Stokely died Aug. 16, 2005, in Iraq. He was one of those extraordinary young men who have a tremendous impact on so many people even though his time among us was cut short.

To honor his memory, Stokely's family has organized the Mike Stokely Foundation for the purpose of helping children and others who might not otherwise be able to afford it gain access to good books and the skills needed to read them for pleasure and learning.

"Mike loved to read, from the time he was a small child till the day he died in Iraq. In fact, during the last call his Dad received on Aug. 8, 2005, he talked in glowing terms about how much he appreciated reading material sent to him," his family explains.

If you would like to help honor the memory of one of America's fallen, more information about the Mike Stokely Foundation at 2795 East Highway 34, Newnan, GA 30265. The telephone is 678-416-1387.

This is a prayer found in Mike's Bible after he was killed:

"God, thank you for my family and friends. Without their continued support, I would easily get discouraged. Thank you for the soldiers I work with. They are my brothers and I trust them with my life. Thanks most of all for your unwavering love and faithfulness. Even when I mess up, you never turn your back on me."