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by Abigail Van Buren

Dad's Behavior Undercuts Family's Attempt to Heal

DEAR ABBY: I am taking this opportunity to extend to you and your devoted readership sincere appreciation for the support you have given U.S. military service members deployed worldwide. The outpouring of support has been absolutely overwhelming.

Operation Dear Abby continues to be a very real success. I have personally witnessed the positive effects it has had on the troops supporting the various peacekeeping missions throughout the former republic of Yugoslavia. Operation Dear Abby campaigns really do lift the spirits of military men and women far from home.

Many thanks for your gracious and continued support. You truly are a great American. -- ALLEN B. PEGG, DIRECTOR OF POSTAL OPERATIONS, U.S. ARMY, HEIDELBERG, GERMANY

DEAR ALLEN: Thank you for the kind words. I'm sure my readers will be pleased to know their efforts on behalf of our servicemen and women have been successful.