Ind. soldier takes on children's book character

May 30, 2010 (CHICAGO) First Lieutenant Brent Nelson of Indiana is in Afghanistan. Along with his military job, he picked up another task recently: he's taking a children's book character named Flat Stanley around the country.

It is part of a class project for his niece, Brooke Husby, who is a first-grade student at Countryside Elementary in Barrington.

In addition to pictures, Nelson sent the Barrington students a letter talking about the geography, language, weather and culture in Afghanistan.

Nelson says a lot of guys in his troop want to get in on the action and take pictures with Stanley, as well.

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