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A soldier's view of Iraq

Discussion in 'Veteran's Forum' started by glockjeeper, May 27, 2004.

  1. glockjeeper

    glockjeeper G19/J Frame fan

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    Sep 9, 2000
    KY
    I received this from our state(KY) SgtMajor on my AKO account.....





    This is a letter from Ray Reynolds, a medic in the Iowa Army National
    > Guard, serving in Iraq:
    >
    > As I head off to Baghdad for the final weeks of my stay in Iraq, I
    >
    > wanted to say thanks to all of you who did not believe the media. They
    > have done a very poor job of covering everything that has happened. I
    > am sorry that I have not been able to visit all of you during my two
    > week leave back home. And just so you can rest at night knowing
    > something is happening in Iraq that is noteworthy, I thought I would
    > pass this on to you. This is the list of things that has happened in
    > Iraq recently: (Please share it with your friends and compare it to the
    > version that your paper is producing.)
    >
    > * Over 400,000 kids have up-to-date immunizations.
    > * School attendance is up 80% from levels before the war.
    > * Over 1,500 schools have been renovated and rid of the weapons stored
    > there so education can occur.
    > * The port of Uhm Qasar was renovated so grain can be off-loaded from
    > ships faster.
    > * The country had its first 2 billion barrel export of oil in August. *
    > Over 4.5 million people have clean drinking water for the first time
    > ever in Iraq.
    > * The country now receives 2 times the electrical power it did before
    > the war.
    > * 100% of the hospitals are open and fully staffed, compared to 35%
    > before the war.
    > * Elections are taking place in every major city, and city councils are
    > in place.
    > * Sewer and water lines are installed in every major city.
    > * Over 60,000 police are patrolling the streets.
    > * Over 100,000 Iraqi civil defense police are securing the country. *
    > Over 80,000 Iraqi soldiers are patrolling the streets side by side with
    > US soldiers.
    > * Over 400,000 people have telephones for the first time ever.
    > * Students are taught field sanitation and hand washing techniques to
    > prevent the spread of germs.
    > * An interim constitution has been signed.
    > * Girls are allowed to attend school.
    > * Textbooks that don't mention Saddam are in the schools for the first
    > time in 30 years.
    >
    > Don't believe for one second that these people do not want us
    > there. I
    > have met many, many people from Iraq that want us there, and in a bad
    > way. They say they will never see the freedoms we talk about but they
    > hope their children will. We are doing a good job in Iraq and I
    > challenge anyone, anywhere to dispute me on these facts. So If you
    > happen to run into John Kerry, be sure to give him my email address and
    > send him to Denison, Iowa. This soldier will set him straight. If you
    > are like me and very disgusted with how this period of rebuilding has
    > been portrayed, email this to a friend and let them know there are good
    > things happening.
    >
    > Ray Reynolds, SFC
    > Iowa Army National Guard
    > 234th Signal Battalion