My youngest son Phil is "wheels up" on his way to Afghanistan as I type this. He's a mechanic with the Army, so he won't be on the front lines.
He's got a 1 year tour of duty (unless the government decides to extend it), leaving his wife and their almost 1 year old daughter back in the States.
Please keep him and all the military in harms way in your thoughts and prayers.
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Will do Deb and when you talk to him, tell him Thanks from me!
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We definitely will keep them all in our prayers.
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Praying for a safe return for him, and all of them.
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Best of luck to him! If your daughter needs a shoulder or an ear from another military spouse who's been there and done that by all means pass on my email to her.
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Thanks everyone for your good thoughts and prayers.
DH and I spoke to him via text on Skype (signal was too weak for video). He's been in Afghanistan for about 3 days, getting settled in. We'll be talking to him again tonight when he starts his day. Technology is wonderful, isn't it? If soldiers during the Civil War had been told that in the future, soldiers would be able speak to their families 8,000 miles away as if they were in the next room, they would have thought it was a crazy idea!
Yes, even those that were in Vietnam, are amazed by today's advancement in technology, from the time of Vietnam. I can remember my Hubby and I did audio tapes and that was the best way at the time, and they still had to go through the mail before we could hear them. Sometimes if was a week or so after the fact before you got the tape in the mail, all depending on where they were at the time of recording.
Sometimes it was months before you got to see your newborn, now you are in the delivery room for the delivery via skype. The older kids get to see their parent and talk with them face to face. When my kids were little and their Father was in Nam the listened to him on the audio tape. What a difference this has made for the families with members in the armed forces.
It's been a huge morale boost while DH was still overseas and our son & I came back early. All he had for company was the dog, so he was pretty lonely. It was great to be able to video chat with him most days even if it was for just a few minutes.
Heck, we couldn't even video chat when he was deployed several years ago-he had to call whenever his schedule & location allowed. Gotta love technology!
oh, ma'am! I hope your days are going easy. the three years my cousin spent in Iraq and Afghanistan were particularly hard for my family and me. Troops are always, always, always in my heart.
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Hi southern NZ lady here. Not being a military spause or from a military family I cannot even begine to emagin what it most be like for those family left behind at home while your loved ones are on their tour of duty. all I know is that we down here in little old nz ow your army guys a big thank you for helping look for people trapped in the fallen ruins of what was our city centre after our big February quake. so my thought for one will definately will be with your guys on active duty in Afganistan. so all I can say is god bless them for keeping us safe from terrorists and a great BIG THANK YOU. for helping protect our way of live
Regards Southern NZ lady
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