NFA, Class of 2001.
MARINE GYSGT LUIS A. MERCADO JR.
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Posted May. 22, 2017
New Windsor mom, Luz Mercado, started the foundation, ÒSupport Our Heroes, when her son Marine GYSGT Luis Mercado Jr. was stationed in Iraq and started to share items from packages his mom sent him to fellow soldiers who told him of some of the simple pleasures they were missing from home.
Lucy Mercado, New Windsor, is preparing to ship items to military service members as part of her foundation, Support Our Heroes. She supports three platoons in Afghanistan.
October 01, 2005
Soldier's mother fulfilling promise
By Tim Logan
New Windsor - Sgt. Luis Mercado is back in the states now, stationed down in South Carolina. But his mom, Lucy Mercado, still has the big yellow ribbon tied to her front door and the little ones in the tree in her front yard.
She's still collecting and sending care packages to the troops in Iraq, just like she did when her son was over there. But these days, for some reason, not as many donations are coming in. "I don't know why," she said.
The war's still going on, after all.
"Thank God my son is home and safe," she said. "But my promise was to keep going until all the troops are safe."
So she's still putting the word out, still handing out fliers and soliciting donations for "Support Our Heroes," the foundation she started last year to organize donations for the troops.
She still has some supplies stacked against the wall of her garage Ð candy, energy drinks, shaving cream and more. And she still makes two trips a week to the post office with care packages, some for a Marine unit in Iraq, others for an Army squad over there.
It's just that the supplies are trickling in now, instead of pouring in. It's been slow for a while, she said, long before Hurricane Katrina demanded donations to the Gulf Coast. She's hoping things will pick up with a little publicity.
"We really want to continue this," Mercado said.
It's just that, as the war fades into the everyday, it becomes harder to keep it up.
Ricardo Rios, Jr.
Navy - Since 1989