Many soldiers, same letter
In the face of increasing skepticism about the U.S. occupation of Iraq, the letter has been appearing in newspapers across the country, describing the success of one regiment in rebuilding the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. "The quality of life and security for the citizens has been largely restored, and we are a large part of why that has happened," it reads.
The exact same letter has been sent to eleven different papers, each signed by a different member of the 2nd Battalion of the 503rd Airborne Infantry Regiment. The soldiers had been asked to sign the letter if they agreed with it, but none had realized that the letter would be published under their own names in their hometown newspapers. While Sgt. Shawn Grueser of Poca, W.Va., said he agreed with the letter's sentiments, he was "uncomfortable that a letter with his signature did not contain his own words or spell out his own accomplishments," as the Olympian reports. "It makes it look like you cheated on a test, and everybody got the same grade," said Grueser. It remains unclear who wrote the letter or arranged for it to be sent to the soldiers' hometown newspapers.