My Son

From: Becky
Sent on: Thursday, January 31, 2008 12:19 AM
My 3rd and final son (I have no more cannon fodder to offer my country) joined the military, as did his two older brothers. He has been serving in Iraq since May of 2007. He is due to come home next week on leave, and then back to Iraq until August. I can hardly wait to see him!!! He posted an Ozzy Osbourne song on his My Space page with the 4 words I love the most..... "Mama, I'm coming home". You know the song, right?
 
Times have changed and times are strange
Here I come, but I ain't the same
Mama, Im coming home

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxIRNBqGMjw

As I anticipated, my gung-ho, patriotic, youngest son, is telling me after being in Iraq for 9 months, that he has changed his views on things.

And, even though he is being ridiculed by his Sgt., he is helping several Iraqi children. He has bought them bikes, given them food and water, and has given a portion of his paycheck each week to better their lives. I am very proud of him.
 
Who does my heart beat for?  It beats for thee, dear son.
 
I am tired,
Becky
 
Unbeknownst to most Americans, two sets of parents (in the last 4 days) have taken their sons off life support.  Both were wounded in Iraq and lived for several months after their injuries.... 
 
"Crookston was badly burned over 50 percent of his body. Both of his legs were amputated, along with his right arm and left hand, his mother said.

He had slipped in and out of consciousness these past few months at BAMC, but recently developed an infection followed by a fever, his mother said.

His family decided to remove life-support, and he died the day before his 20th birthday."
 
and...
 
"A 22-year-old Fort Carson soldier has died more than six months after suffering severe head injuries in Baghdad.
 
Miller was wounded July 9, when the vehicle he was riding in was struck by shrapnel from an improvised explosive device. Miller was flown to the United States for treatment.

"He was a good kid. He did whatever you asked of him," Miller's platoon sergeant, Stephen LaRocque, of Colorado Springs, said Tuesday. "He was a real good soldier."

LaRocque said Miller was in his second tour in Iraq and was headed to the International Zone in Baghdad to enjoy a four- day pass when he was wounded. He had been married less than a year."
 

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