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We have two sons going to the Iraq theatre...

Discussion in 'Veteran's Forum' started by RussP, Sep 13, 2004.

  1. RussP

    RussP Moderator

    Jan 23, 2003
    Central Virginia
    One is a Major in the Army Reserve heading to Turkey, somewhere on the Syrian border.

    The other is a 1Lt with the Texas National Guard. He's headed to Iraq.

    Could use some prayers, please.
  2. jwalk2515


    Jun 7, 2004
    Corinth, TX
    Names? I'll add them to our prayer list. Which unit of TX Nat Guard? I am getting ready to enlist/ reenlist to the guard.

  3. txleapd

    txleapd Hook 'Em Up

    Aug 27, 2004
    They will be included in our prayers. You don't need to post their names, I'm betting God will know who I'm talking about.

    Keep the faith Russ. It takes more courage to see your children off to war than it does to go yourself. I pray that I never have to be as brave as you. God bless.
  4. RussP

    RussP Moderator

    Jan 23, 2003
    Central Virginia
    Scott and Dave.

    Not sure what the unit is right now.

    Thank you for the prayers...:)
  5. RussP

    RussP Moderator

    Jan 23, 2003
    Central Virginia
    Yep, he knows their names...

    There was never a day when I was in combat that I didn't have some degree, some sense of apprehension, fear, or terror. It probably is what kept me alive. My memories of that pales to what I am feeling now.

    Thanks for the prayers.
  6. Bonk

    Bonk Millennium Member

    Nov 8, 1999
    Prayers sent, and Russ you give them a big thank you from all of us.
  7. Glockrunner

    Glockrunner HOOYA DEEPSEA

    Sep 10, 2001
    As a lucky father who's son just returned after 15 months, I feel your pain and deep concern.

    While it is no use to tell you not to worry, you naturely will. Try to find happiness in the fact that you and your family are committed to doing the right thing and seeing that freedom is kept alive.

    While both my wife and I are military retirees we too found it very hard but supported the effort. Ou son returned a much smarter man though humbled too. Your children are embarking on a jouney that will forever change their hearts and minds. They will need and seek your support and knowledge while there, ever chance they get.

    We, America, salute you and them. May they return in good heatlh with Godspeed.

    Check out : to see how others are dealing with this too.
  8. Darkangel1846


    Jul 19, 2004
    I will pray for them daily as I do for all our good Mil people.
  9. RussP

    RussP Moderator

    Jan 23, 2003
    Central Virginia

    Son we thought was going to Turkey, no...

    Now headed to Afghanistan...

    His momma is not taking the news real good.

    Here is his email to his Mom.

    That's all...

    ;? ;?
  10. CarlosDJackal


    Dec 10, 2000
    Lord, keep watch over him and his loved ones!! ;w
  11. RussP

    RussP Moderator

    Jan 23, 2003
    Central Virginia
    Thanks, Carlos, his sister and her family are the ones who live near you...:)
  12. engineer151515


    Nov 3, 2003
  13. RussP

    RussP Moderator

    Jan 23, 2003
    Central Virginia
    Well, yesterday we had a family get together for the oldest son headed to Afghanistan.

    He still doesn't know his final duty station there. He reports to Germany on the 15 November where he'll unseal those orders. For anyone who is not familiar with that process, it is a strange feeling to have a sealed envelope with orders inside to an unknown destination with instructions in bold red print that read "OPEN ONLY UPON PRESENTATION TO..." and there was usually a senior officer's name. For me and my counter-parts, it usually meant we were going somewhere "special" and I don't Disneyland "special" either.

    He is the only one from his reserve unit going; it is a "by name request" as he put it. And the mission now is "intelligence and security." When he said that I frankly didn't want to know anymore because then when his mom asks, "What do you think he's doing?", I can honestly say he didn't give me enough details...

    I can honestly say to any man or woman under his command, "You are fortunate, for the Major is going to look after you and get the job done the right way: He hates losing in a big way. You'll always know where you stand with him, and he will earn your respect."

    Please continue to keep him and all our men and women in Service in your prayers...



    ;? ;? ;w