|Pictured filling boxes are Edith Bertrum,
Michell Alderman, and Linda Copeland
Fort GreeneVille Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution recently collected items for DAR’s Project Patriot. Besides donating 152 DVDs in August, the chapter recently collected over 18 boxes of items for a female Marines unit commanded by 1st Lt. Alexander Bedell that is in the combat zone of Afghanistan.
As reported in the NY Times, the female Marines, who volunteered for the job, are meeting with Pashtun women in their homes to assess their need for aid, gather intelligence, and help open schools and clinics. The female unit’s objective is to try to win over the rural Afghan women who are culturally off limits to outside men. It hasn’t been all “tea and cookies” for these brave Marines. This female Marine unit has had to use real weapons in a tougher fight than many expected.