Thursday, January 26, 2006

Newly American Pianist Loves Entertaining Troops

Now, she gets it! Because, she's from Siberia and not Hollywood. She understands that you love your country and you support the troops that defend it. Her attitude, is why I support legal immigration. That way, we (those who love the United States of America) have a chance of getting american citizens who appreciate, rather than denigrate, their country of choice.

America Supports You: Newly American Pianist Loves Entertaining Troops
By Paul X. Rutz
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2006 – A Russian-born, classically-trained pianist with a wide range of performing styles has been entertaining American troops overseas for years. Now she has a special reason to thank the troops who protect the United States.
Born in Altai, Siberia, 27 year-old Oksana Kolesnikova received her American citizenship on Jan. 18.

Via telephone from her home in Los Angeles today, she explained why she thinks going overseas to entertain the troops is one of the most important things she does.

"I truly enjoy entertaining the troops -- because, for me, they're protecting my newly found homeland," she said. "I'm so grateful to be in the position to go there and take a few hours of worries away from them." (The italics are mine)
Kolesnikova said becoming a U.S. citizen after a long wait was one of her proudest moments.
"For me it's been 12 long years," she said. "It has been my dream to become a citizen, and it has finally been achieved."
Thank you, Oksana Kolesnikova, for choosing the United States of America as the land that you love.

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