On behalf of the Ulster Unionist Party, I congratulate your journalist Lesley-Anne Henry for the fine reporting job she has been doing from Afghanistan.
We tend to forget just how many people with Ulster connections are invoved in our armed forces and we also tend to forget that many of them are in very dangerous places.
It is clear from Lesley-Anne's reports that their spirits are high and that they are aware of the importance of their work.
These men and women, most of whom are still relatively young, represent the very best of their generation; serving without complaint and prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice. We are proud of them.
It is also clear from Lesley-Anne's reports that these men and women welcome news and support from home.
Indeed, I would even urge people to remember the old pen-pal tradition and make contact with Army HQ, who would then put them in contact with young soldiers who would welcome letters or emails.
The United Kingdom has always been well served by its armed forces and we in Northern Ireland have particular reason to be grateful to those forces down the years.
FRED COBAIN MLA
Chief Whip, Ulster Unionist Party