What better thing to do on Independence Day than to thank a soldier. That’s what Columbia International University alumnus Lt. Col. Brian Bohlman was encouraging fellow Americans to do on the Fourth of July. Bohlman is a U.S. Air Force chaplain who graduated from CIU in 2000 with a Master of Divinity degree. Bohlman, who recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, heads the non-profit group Operation Thank You that sends cards of appreciation to U.S. soldiers around the world.
On Independence Day 2012, Bohlman staked out a booth at the annual Lexington County Peach Festival in Gilbert, S.C. where he braved temperatures in the upper 90s and invited the thousands of people who passed by to sign a card of thanks to a soldier stationed somewhere far from home.
Bohlman caught the attention of The State newspaper in Columbia. Read the article by Mindy Lucas at: http://www.thestate.com/2012/07/05/2342822/sending-thanks-to-soldiers.html.