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Homesick cowboy solider receives holiday gift package

PD staff Published on 20 December 2010


Bryan Warman only had one item on his wishlist for Christmas this year — reading materials about agriculture. Warman is serving his third tour of duty in Afghanistan and will not be able to come home for the holidays.



This request was made to Mary Magathan. Mary and her husband have known Bryan for nearly 10 years. Bryan lived with the dairy couple from Cedar Point, Kansas, and even worked on their farm.

In early December, Mary called into the Progressive Dairyman office and requested subscriptions for Bryan, who she described as a "real cowboy."

Circulation Manager and Progressive Forage Grower Editor Lynn Olsen fielded the call.

"Mary said all Bryan wanted for Christmas was ag magazines," Lynn says. "I told her we'd be more than happy to send subscriptions to him!"

Lynn and Progressive Dairyman Editor Walt Cooley quickly reached the same conclusion — this hero certainly deserved more than just a couple magazines.

A package was quickly put together and sent. It contained the three latest editions of Progressive Dairyman magazine, a Proud to Dairy hat, a Proud to Dairy lapel pin, two Progressive Dairyman pens, Idaho spud bites, a Christmas letter that contained Leon Leavitt's 5 Things, and a Christmas card, signed by the entire staff at the Progressive Dairyman office.


"I'm just so thrilled that you're going to do this," Mary says. "I know he'll really appreciate it."

Mary believes Bryan may share his gifts with another farm kid in his division, a friend who Bryan has mentioned may even become a business partner once they're done serving.

Bryan's other future plans include attending an ag school, such as Texas A&M University, to pursue an agricultural career.

The staff at Progressive Dairyman was honored to make even a small difference in the life of a soldier, and we wish all those serving — and their loved ones — a very merry and safe Christmas. PD

Did you know you can make a difference in a soldier's life? Check out some of these programs that allow you to write to or send a care package to members of the Armed Services:
Any Solider
Soldiers' Angels
Every Monday Matters
Letters for Lyrics from the Zac Brown Band

Do you know of more? Post a comment below!


The package sent to Bryan Warman in Afghanistan contained three issues of Progressive Dairyman, some Proud to Dairy freebies and Idaho spud bites. Photo by PD Editor Dario Martinez.