Reserve family sparks Afghan literacy project
from U.S. Department of Defense
Army 1st Lt. Michael O'Neill was deployed to Afghanistan when his family asked what they could send him to help the Afghan children. Little did O'Neill realize at the time that his request for children's books would be instrumental in launching an innovative literacy initiative that's been embraced by the State Department and Afghan national government. O'Neill, an Army reservist from suburban Philadelphia, deployed to Afghanistan's northwestern Panjshir province last year as civil affairs team leader for the provincial reconstruction team.
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