A Korean War veteran, Schad had been a prisoner of war from 1951 to 1953. He wrote a letter to soldiers in Afghanistan that was placed in each of 400 boxes that recently shipped from southwest Missouri. Schad appeared on Andy Taylor's Morning Show with Sergeant Charlene Sherrill, who received the boxes in Afghanistan and proceeded to distribute them to other soldiers in Kuwait and Iraq.
"I'm glad to be part of this.," Schad said. "I had no idea this would amount to anything like this. I had no idea my letter would go in every box that was going to Afghanistan or wherever. I never received anything like this, never had the chance to. I'm just glad to have the chance to be part of this Shoeboxes for Soldiers."
In recognition of his efforts, Schad received his original letter back with a letter from Taylor as well as an American flag that had flown on a Kiowa Warrior helicopter in Afghanistan during a combat mission. Schad was given a special plaque describing the flag.
For her part, Sherrill said she had never received a letter from a prisoner of war before and it made her service more meaningful. Another Shoeboxes for Soldiers drive will begin in October.