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Re: Iraq


I agree Kitty, why don't you get us Sam's address. No need for you to have
to do it all. I'll be more than happy to mail direct.
A

Andrea Hodges
Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue
www.blueridgeboxerrescue.com
Beaufort, SC Zone 8b
raider843@earthlink.net


> [Original Message]
> From: Scottie Baugh <robbinsbaugh@earthlink.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 4/11/2006 8:42:36 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Iraq
>
> Me too -- have assorted paperbacks, all kinds, for Sam and the guys in
his 
> camp.  I'll send direct, if you have address.
>
> scottie
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Tuesday, April 11, 2006 4:51 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Iraq
>
>
> > Mysteries are good.  Send them on.  Anyone need my address, let me know.
> >
> > Kitty
> > neIN, Zone 5
> > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > From: "Zemuly Sanders" <zsanders@midsouth.rr.com>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Sent: Tuesday, April 11, 2006 10:47 AM
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] Iraq
> >
> >
> >> Me, too.  I've got a lot of paperbacks -- mostly mysteries.
> >> zem
> >> ----- Original Message ----- 
> >> From: <raider843@earthlink.net>
> >> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> >> Sent: Tuesday, April 11, 2006 5:40 AM
> >> Subject: RE: [CHAT] Iraq
> >>
> >>
> >>> Kitty, I will keep him in my prayers. What kind of books do you think 
> >>> he'd
> >>> like? I'd be glad to send some.
> >>> A
> >>>
> >>> Andrea Hodges
> >>> Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue
> >>> www.blueridgeboxerrescue.com
> >>> Beaufort, SC Zone 8b
> >>> raider843@earthlink.net
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>> [Original Message]
> >>>> From: Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> >>>> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> >>>> Date: 4/10/2006 10:28:31 PM
> >>>> Subject: [CHAT] Iraq
> >>>>
> >>>> 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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