Russell Lee Klika-“Iraq, thru the eyes of an American Soldier”

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“Your actions remind us of how nice a home we have”

I wanted to write and thank you for the Operation: Love Our Troops box of goodies you sent my way. The other fellows and I enjoyed it very much. The days can be quite long out here (much like the movie Groundhog Day). It’s uplifting to get something nice from back home. We appreciate your support. We work in an operations cell coordinating the movement of Marines and cargo throughout central Iraq. It is an interesting and involving job that keeps us on our toes. We tend to act as arbitrators for the various groups we represent and work with. It’s a great team of diverse individuals. We work around the clock to make sure everything happens on time. Several of us are pilots who fly here when time permits. We live and work on Al Asad air base in central Iraq. The living conditions are good and right now the weather is great, much like spring in Arizona. I don’t think anyone here is worried about shoveling any snow.

Once again, thank you for your support. We are working hard to get the job done and keep each other safe until we can come home. Your actions remind us of how nice a home we have.

Capt Shane “Heed” P.
MAG-29 Operations

P.S. I’m the dashingly handsome one in the uniform with short hair.

(Picture in our Photos)

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“Vietnam Vets Rally to Protect Memorial”

http://www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,126120,00.html?ESRC=eb.nl

WASHINGTON – Iraq war protesters are planning to converge on Washington next month and several organizations, including the POW-MIA group Rolling Thunder, are banding together to protect sacred ground for Vietnam War veterans.The rally March 17 against the war, organizers say, is to get under way in a grassy park near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, known as the wall. (To read the rest of the article-click on above link–read the discussion/sound off too)

Information about caravan/and Support the Troops Rally on 3/17/07:

http://www.moveamericaforward.org/

http://www.rollingthunder1.com/index.html

(Fox News Interview with Blue Star Mom)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00R3oylY9_M

Letter from Deborah K. Johns letter in comments

(Ride/ Share and support)

http://www.usvetdsp.com/eagle/viewtopic.php?t=224

“Psychological Kevlar Act” H.R. 6003

http://thomas.loc.gov/home/gpoxmlc109/h6003_ih.xml

http://armed-services.senate.gov/

I found this while reading some really good stuff by Kristin Henderson: http://www.kristinhenderson.com/ Many of us have experienced or witnessed PTSD in friends, love ones or their spouses or children. It is frustrating and heart wrenching. Please contact your representatives and those in Congress to support this bill and turn it into a law ensuring that America’s Military family receives these services. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Stay Hopeful

http://www.military.com/opinion/0,15202,125020,00.html

I often write about the effects of war on our warfighters and the people who love them. But the subject “often leaves me feeling depleted of hope,” a reader wrote. “How do you stay hopeful?” Read the rest of this entry »

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“What is an American”

Read this great speech by Harold Ickes–only difference is in the longitude/lattitude and a couple of names. Read the rest of this entry »

“Have a little faith”

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