From Bay View to Baghdad

April 1, 2007

By Michael Timm

Renee Cook didn’t know what to do or where to go. She felt disconnected from an increasingly faceless and confusing war as tens of thousands more American troops make their way to Iraq. She wanted to help but wasn’t sure how. She remembered her own brothers, who served in Vietnam. Most of all, she didn’t want to forget the sacrifice of the troops-and, if possible, she wanted to remind them other Americans hadn’t either.

Late last year, she did something about it.

Cook, a two-year employee of Bucky’s Super Video, 1601 E. Oklahoma Ave., started an in-store donation drive for the troops in Iraq. She knows it won’t stop the killing or bring the soldiers home, but it created a small token of goodwill, and a connection between the home front and the battlefield.  »Read more