Soldier feeling his oats

Posted: Sunday, November 30, 2003

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) More than a thousand packets of instant oatmeal are on their way to an Iowa soldier's unit in Afghanistan after he wrote home saying he missed his favorite breakfast cereal.

Patrick Claus, of Cedar Rapids, is an Iowa National Guard helicopter pilot. He sent e-mails home to his wife, Carolyn, that he would like her to send him some Quaker instant oatmeal from home. She sent 18 boxes. They were gone in 10 days.

Carolyn Claus mentioned the soldiers' interest in oatmeal to Mary Smith, whose husband, Mark, works at the Quaker Oats plant in Cedar Rapids.

The next shipment, courtesy of Quaker Oats, is on its way to Afghan-istan. It includes 1,200 packets of instant oatmeal, 1,200 granola bars and 40 pounds of powdered Gatorade.

Patrick Claus, a major with the Boone-based 109th Aviation Company, has been in Afghanistan since Aug. 2.

He has daughters aged 4 and 13.

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