Sunday, November 11, 2007


So here I sit feeling guilty for not taking the time to write.
Life has been so busy lately!
Yet I figured there is no excuse good enough to not write a short thank you note in honor of my fellow veterans, and those still serving.
While I was fortunate to have never been deployed to war. I am never the less well aware of what those who were and are went through.
I can’t thank you enough for your commitment.

And so today while I will be busy working on siding on the house, my thoughts will be more centered on those brave souls in Iraq, and Afghanistan, and praying that they are safe.
My thoughts will also be about Matt, who called yesterday from Kuwait to tell us that he is awaiting a flight to Germany, then Atlanta, then home to Boston or Manchester, for his 18 day mid deployment leave.
So I have reason to be thankful on many levels.

A special thank you for your service to my friends:

The Chief .


Mark Middlebrook, and Specialist Mark Middlebrook.

Ed of Eighty Deuce on the loose serving proudly with the 82nd in Iraq.

Jan standing by while husband Mark serves.

Anthony and Terri.

You can visit all of these individuals by following the links in my sidebar.

God bless you all.

Your all heroes in my book.


  1. Dad,

    You must be thrilled that Matt is out of the combat zone. I know you can't wait. A soldier on R&R out of a combat zone is an amazing thing to watch. Maybe we can compare stories some time. :)

  2. Thank you Mark,
    And I look forward to comparing stories.
    Is SPC Mark home on leave?

  3. Best Veterans Day gift I got was... hearing that your son is on his way home... where he belongs!

  4. Thank you to all of you who have supported my brother Matt. We are all so excited to have him finally coming home for a visit. I wish all the soldiers and families of soldiers the best. Thank You! While I am excited Matt is coming home it is going to be so difficult to say good bye to him once again. To the vetrans and those currently serving. Thank you for your service. Every one of you are hero's. Be Safe!

  5. Mark is home on a 3-day pass. Doesn't get leave until December. He heads back to Bragg on Monday. It's been great having him around and not worrying.

    You will feel the same thing.

  6. Thanks infantrydad. God bless you and yours.

  7. ooooo I get to dance again!! yipeeeeeeee!! be sure you let me know when he hits USA soil and I'll start singing again!!

    18 day leave sounds so long, and yet so short.

  8. I don't know how to reply to all the kindness.

    Matt was on the ground in Atlanta and called at about 8:30 AM EST.
    We picked him up in Manchester NH at 5:45 PM.
    His two brothers, and their lady friends, his lady friend, mother and I all went for dinner.
    A great time, (and a couple of beers) was had by all.
    In my excited rush to get there I forgot the camera!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The only word that came to mind, (that I would print here) is DAMNIT.

    Thanks to all.
    How so many people can be so kind as to show concern for people, they have never met, on such a personal level is amazing to me.
    You all feel like a tight circle of friends.

  9. Damnit! You're gonna have us all crying. Now, stop with the platitudes already, and go enjoy your son!

  10. I gotta second the chief there Dad!

  11. Have a great time with Matt. We are all breathing easier knowing that he is home.

  12. Thanks for thinking about me. My thoughts go out to you, too!

    Was just catching up on my blog reading, and was so glad to see that your soldier is out of the combat zone, at least temporarily. I am anxiously awaiting the day when mine will be, too. Only maybe another week or so ... We'll have to compare notes after they leave about how they've changed, etc.
    In the meantime, enjoy a good night's sleep while you can!

  13. Thank you Jan.
    Can't wait to hear that your guy is in country.
    This country that is.
    Have a nice Thanksgiving.

  14. Thank you for the kind words. Just remember that some of the hardest work and greatest help comes from those back home. Yall are just as important to us as we are to you. Enjoy your time with your son. He'll hold on to the memories of leave and they will help get him through the rest of the deployment.

  15. Thanks Jan and Ed, and mom.
    I haven't had much time to blog lately.
    Tonight we did cheap beer and wings night at a local establishment. Oh alright (BAR).
    A friend kept the Jaegermeister shots comming.
    What more can I say.

    Ed. You be careful over there, and let us know if there is anything you need..

    Matt leaves on Saturday.

    I have lots of vacation left.

    We will party.