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Operation Dear Abby Brought to Halt Because of Anthrax Fears

October 20, 2001|Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Operation Dear Abby, which has encouraged readers of the newspaper column to send holiday greetings to the military for 17 years, has been halted this year because of the anthrax scare.

The Pentagon has asked the column's distributor, Kansas City-based Universal Press Syndicate, to halt the service, which is aimed at boosting morale for troops away from family and friends during the holidays. In the past, the column asked readers to send letters to a centralized address, and military officials distributed them.

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