In 1971, Kathleen Ryan’s fourth-grade class sent Christmas cards to U.S. military fighting in Vietnam. Ten-year-old Kathleen received a letter back from 20-year-old army specialist Dominic Cutalo saying it was a wonderful gift. Kathleen treasured the note for 51 years, wondering if Dominic ever made it back from the war until last month when she found out Dominic would be at a veteran’s event near her home. The two were able to connect, starting a friendship 51 years in the making.
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