TULLAHOMA, Tenn. (AP) _ For nearly two decades, Beverly Lee's Foundation of Five Star Friends has been serving special needs causes.


Prior to 9/11, those causes were primarily domestic, but after that date the non-profit organization founded by the Lee, now a retired Air Force colonel living in Tullahoma, turned its efforts toward military needs.


Today, those efforts include shipping morale boxes and gurney quilts overseas.


Deployed to Japan after the Sept. 11 attacks, Lee saw first-hand the impact that boxes from home had on the lagging morale of reservists who had been so quickly deployed that they were losing homes, families and businesses to their absence.


She said a large box of creature comforts sent to Lee one Thanksgiving from the First Baptist Church in Tullahoma ``had a huge effect.''