Sending Thanks to Soldiers

July 06, 2012

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: