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Re: news on sending packages to Iraq

We're in ne Indiana and Sam came into NC at Ft. Bragg a couple of days
before Christmas. That's a 2 day trip each way for my sister and her
husband, they'd only be allowed to see him for a short while upon his
arrival, and he wasn't allowed to leave the base until New Years Eve and
then was coming home for 3 wks. Instead they arranged a flight home for
him and he drove his car back to Bragg after the visit.

We did all greet him at the airport and a local company donated a limo
for his trip home from the airport. Several kindnesses were awarded him
because of his service. He hadn't driven his car in a year except for 10
days in June, but his parents had driven it periodically to keep it in
shape. But when he got home the ABS breaks went out and needed a few
hundred dollars of work and he was a week past his warranty. Because of
his serving in Iraq they let the date slide and covered it.


The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.

-------------- Original message -------------- 

> Kitty, 
> Russ' wife, Tonya doesn't live near by and she will have a new baby soon so 
> she is not sure how she is going to be able to meet him. My sister says she 
> will be sure to find a way to help her to be there. Russ will come in to 
> California. Where did your nephew come in too? Were you able to meet him? 
> I think that would be pretty powerful if we all could do that. 
> Tricia 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Kitty" 
> To: 
> Sent: Sunday, January 30, 2005 4:41 PM 
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] news on sending packages to Iraq 
> > Wonderful news, Tricia! I was so happy my nephew, Sam, got home before 
> > the elections. We, too, had to stop sending pkgs at a certain point. 
> > He'll 
> > be going back to Iraq again in the fall for another year tour, so I hope 
> > things settle down by then. Does Tonya live on or near the base that Russ 
> > will be coming home to? 
> > 
> > Kitty 
> > 
> > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > From: "pdickson" 
> > To: 
> > Sent: Sunday, January 30, 2005 5:08 PM 
> > Subject: [CHAT] news on sending packages to Iraq 
> > 
> > 
> >> I got this today from my nephew's wife. I wanted to share it with you 
> > all. 
> >> Tricia 
> >> 
> >> This is a message from the Major's wife. I didn't see the interview on 
> >> Nightline, but it doesn't sound like Russ, or any of "our" guys were 
> >> featured. The important news is that there are preparations to bring 
> >> our guys home in the works - that is great news! We don't have a date 
> >> yet, but Debby says to send no more packages (you can read this in her 
> >> note below). Also, some of the other Marines have begun to ship things 
> >> home like DVDs, extra clothes, etc. Again, this is great news. 
> >> 
> >> I don't anticipate Russ' return for at least 2 months, so please keep 
> >> the letters and motomail going until we get further word. Again, if you 
> >> have any trouble setting up a motomail account, let me know and I can 
> >> send you detailed instructions. 
> >> 
> >> This is exciting news for us :) 
> >> 
> >> Love, 
> >> Tonya 
> >> 
> >> -----Original Message----- 
> >> From: Debby 
> >> Sent: Saturday, January 29, 2005 7:39 PM 
> >> 
> >> To: Dear Scout Families and Friends- 
> >> 
> >> Colonel Shupp appeared on Nightline last night, Friday Jan. 28. 
> >> Perhaps some of you saw him. The interview was very brief, as he sat 
> >> in a room with a Marine Corps flag in the background. His words were 
> >> only part of a larger story on Fallujah. I don't know when or if he 
> >> will be on again, but I wanted you to know what I did at this point. 
> >> 
> >> Please do not send any more packages to our guys. Letters are fine, 
> >> but some packages have been returned to the Reserve Center. Colonel 
> >> Clark, in Amarillo, said that this is another sign of preparations 
> >> for our guys to return home. While their return is still weeks away, 
> >> it is part of the process of their eventual departure from Iraq. 
> >> Even though we can no longer send our goodies to them, this is 
> >> actually a good thing to have happen. As I said above, YOU MAY STILL 
> >> SEND LETTERS at this point and in the future I will let you know 
> >> when letters should stop as well. 
> >> 
> >> I hope this message finds you all doing well, despite the disturbing 
> >> election news from Iraq. I'm sure that you are as proud as I am that 
> >> our Marines, and the many other military there, are doing such great 
> >> work to bring some hope and peace to the people of Iraq. Although we 
> >> miss them terribly, how incredible for them to have such an 
> >> important role during this "history-making" time in that part of the 
> >> world. And you have played an important role here at home by your 
> >> support of them as well. 
> >> 
> >> Take care, 
> >> Debby 
> >> 
> >> I just got this one too..... keep praying. It is working! 
> >> Tricia 
> >> Good afternoon! The good news just keeps coming J Russ' email sounded 
> > very 
> >> positive regarding the voting today: 
> >> 
> >> Today went well. only a couple of indirect fire attacks in our entire AO 
> >> (area of operations) and no casualties or damage resulting. We think 
> >> between 8,000 and 10,000 Iraqis voted today in Fallujah, so it was a good 
> >> day..Saw lots of smiling children and adults today too. It's amazing the 
> >> change that has taken place here. this city was "muj central" and now 
> > there 
> >> are white flags flying from homes and the locals are telling us where 
> >> weapons caches are. Maybe there is hope for this country yet. 
> >> 
> >> 
> >> 
> >> He also mentioned that there is a rumor going around there about an 
> > earlier 
> >> out-of-country date, but that he is skeptical and for me (us) not to get 
> > our 
> >> hopes up. 
> >> 
> >> 
> >> 
> >> I hope you all have a wonderful day with this news J 
> >> 
> >> 
> >> 
> >> Love, 
> >> 
> >> Tonya 
> >> 
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