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Re: Iraq

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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zone 8A

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