Rathschmidt said the inspiration for United for the Troops came after his son, Luke, joined the servicefive years ago. When Luke was in Iraq, his parents sent him care packages, but quickly discovered this wasn’t the norm.
“He told us that there were many men and women that didn’t have anyone sending them anything,” he said. “So we sent them 100 self-addressed envelopes, with a little note inside asking what they wanted. And we started getting these notes asking for what they wanted.”