To the Editor:

Cpl. Derek M. Schaap, a 2006 graduate of Milford High School, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at age 17. He graduated from bootcamp in November 2006 as a PFC.

He went on to do his lance corporal training and at the age of 19 became corporal. Cpl. Schaap was the youngest corporal in his unit. He is now serving in Iraq as the head of his unit. He trains the Iraqi Military and does numerous military jobs. Cpl. Schaap will be home in April or May. He is the son of Randy and Carol Schaap.

Thank you to the Indian River School District for the care packages to him and his unit. It is greatly appreciated.

Carol G. Schaap