Elementary students make birthday cards for Oklahoma veteran

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Some elementary school students in Lawton, Oklahoma are preparing a special surprise for a local veteran.

Recil Troxil is a 92-year-old World War II vet whose family is asking people to send birthday cards to him.

A PE teacher at Eisenhower Elementary has asked her students write cards to him.  

She says she expects to have more than 300 to send to Troxil by the end of the week.

Joslyn Wood "I thought that it would be an excellent opportunity to teach my students two important things. One: Always be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. And two: kindness is doing something for someone and expecting nothing in return."

Troxil's birthday isn't until April but his family wanted to start the celebration early. 

If you'd like to send Troxil a card, the address is 2684 North Highway Marlow, OK 73055.

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