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Re: Iraq

Yes, they did issue extra protection...and he said it was extremely
heavy, but he is wearing it. After listening to me fuss, rant and rave
about not enough protection for our troops...he wears it by golly. He
said he'd rather be safe than sorry.


Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net> wrote:
  Sam is an Army MP. Army, Marines, they're all in need. Thanks for your 
prayers. I read somewhere recently that Marines were sent additional 
protection, but many thought it was too heavy and don't wear it. I hope 
your son wears any protection they give him.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jesse Bell" 
Sent: Tuesday, April 11, 2006 10:56 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Iraq

> Kitty, is your nephew in the Marines or Army? My son asked me for some
> books as well. I just sent him a package. The guys read a lot because
> they don't have access to computers or phones very often. I will keep
> your nephew in my prayers. Hell of a life is right....
> Kitty 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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