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Re: Iraq


hope Kitty answers this on list....

Donna

--- Pam Evans <gardenqueen@gmail.com> wrote:

> What kind of books does Sam like Kitty?
> 
> On 4/10/06, Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net> wrote:
> >
> > From my sister, re my nephew...
> >
> > Well...let me tell ya' some of the stuff going on
> over there.  If you
> > remember when Sam was over there in 2003-04,
> communications were often
> > shut
> > down when any Americans died or were severely
> wounded.  Still happening
> > that
> > way which is why Sam has only called twice since
> he's been there.  Every
> > time he tries to call, the system gets put on hold
> (including Internet
> > access).
> >
> > On top of that, there are 2 phone systems in his
> camp.  The AT&T phones
> > with
> > cards that can be replenished are about a 10-15
> minute walk from Sam's
> > place.  When your day starts at 5 am and ends @ 10
> or 11 pm, that 1/2 hour
> > walk is unbearable. So Sam uses the other phones. 
> A card costs $20.00
> > which
> > should be good for an hour & 40 minutes. 
> Unfortunately, using these cards
> > (non-renewable) takes 15-20 minutes just getting
> the connection.
> >
> > Any way, Sam is suffering survivor's guilt right
> now.  He's back on patrol
> > instead of being a radio operator (how did I
> know...).  He was in the 2nd
> > squad but was replaced when he didn't leave with
> everyone else.[because of
> > his broken hand]   Now that he's in Iraq, he's
> been placed in the 3rd
> > squad.
> > 2nd squad was hit by an IED last Thursday.  The
> team leader took shrapnel
> > to
> > his knee and broke his arm.  The driver (who took
> Sam's place) lost one
> > leg
> > but they're still hoping to save the other one.
> >
> > Sam is devastated to say the least.  He knows it's
> not his fault - even
> > his
> > Sgt told him that.  However, as he said, his brain
> can't always rule his
> > gut
> > and he feels guilty.
> >
> > Since communications are down so often, Sam has
> started reading again and
> > watching DVDs.  If you're not too worried about
> being forward at work, see
> > if anyone has books or movies they'd be willing to
> send to Sam.  After
> > all,
> > this IS Iraqi Liberation Week according to Ken
> Mehlman, et al.
> >
> > Sam gets one meal a day:  dinner.  They leave too
> early in the am to get
> > breakfast.  Lunch is usually local food.  Sam is
> among the guys who won't
> > eat local food.  I don't know if he's heard too
> many Viet Nam stories
> > about
> > ground glass in the Coke or if he doesn't want to
> risk Montezuma's
> > revenge.
> > Then again, he could just relish being stubborn
> and not giving anything to
> > the people of Iraq.
> >
> > They get in late, get dinner, and go to bed.  Hell
> of a life.
> >
> > Kitty
> > neIN, Zone 5
> >
> >
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> --
> Pam Evans
> Kemp TX
> zone 8A
> 
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