Please Remember Our Troops!

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Please Remember Our Troops!

Let’s support our troops!! Here’s an entire thread devoted specifically towards our loved ones serving our country over in Iraq and other parts of the world right now. Please make a commitment to pray for each of them every day, and make an effort to send cards, letters and care packages to our men and women. They can use any and all encouragement that they can get!

Post pics of your loved ones, and update us on how they are doing. Let’s keep them in our thoughts and prayers every single day!

If you’re interested in writing to any soldier from this thread, then PM and ask for their mailing address. I’d love it if you ladies would write a note to my brother – just to say you were a friend of mine and thought you’d send a quick note of encouragement! Also, I would be more than glad to do that for anyone else!

Adopt a soldier through these different websites. Commit to regularly sending out cards and care packages!

Soldiers Angels

Operation Shoebox

Giddy Giftbox – Military Care Packages

What to send – What NOT to send (scroll down to see a list)

Register a military person for prayer and/or commit to praying for one:
http://www.presidentialprayerteam.net/troopsadopt.php

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This is my younger brother, Scott. He’s been in South Korea for a year, and recently just made it safely out to Iraq. He’ll be deployed with the Army for 12 months and then I can finally see him again! Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers…

Here’s my first update on Scott:

We haven’t heard from him in a while, but he finally called my Dad first thing this morning to let us know that he reached camp safely. They go out patrolling in unprotected areas for several days and then come back to camp. He said that he has been sleeping for 3 or 4 hours a night and that there are machine guns and explosives going off constantly. He said the reason they aren’t sleeping much is because they are “spread so thin” with not enough soldiers in the area. Scott says “It’s rough, but OK.”

Scott’s friend, Mayne, left for Iraq a few weeks before he did. The first day that Mayne’s troop got to Iraq, they ran over some land mines and two vehicles were lost. We still haven’t heard anything about Mayne and are hoping that he’s safe.

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Thank you for starting this, Amber -- I made it an announcement. I actually have a military member to add to this list.

Jayson's real dad, Mike is a lieutenant in the Air Force. I have a picture I will scan and post it. But he is being deployed (January 22nd) for 6 months to Kyrgyzstan -- it's a small little country -- Map of Kyrgyzstan.

He's not a believer, but he is a bit worried about not coming back. So please keep Lt. Mike Sechler in your prayers.

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Amber what a great thread to start! I think your brother is really cute. DH has a single aunt...:wink: Smile

Anyways, we have two active military families in our church. One husband just left for Iraq and another just returned. We're not sure how long he'll be home. Both families (DH and I teach most of their kids) are moving away soon. It's breaking my heart to see the kids go and both of the wives that I've gotten to know as well. Their names are Sgt Larry Hufford and Sgt Brad Smith. Thanks ladies.

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What a wonderful thread. I would like to add my husband- his name is Steven (I won't include our last name because this is the internet and there might be weird lurkers) and he is a Major in the Air Force.

He is in Iraq and is in a relatively safe location and his job doesn't involve a lot of danger, but prayers always help.

Thank you!

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Well here is the picture I promised and my 1st update.


Mike says he is doing fine -- he is actually going to be the guy in charge of his guys -- he is quite excited about that. He says they are doing fine -- he is sharing a room with another guy. So I'm guessing he is living in a dormitory style barracks as opposed to tents. But I just wanted to post an update. He made it there safe and sound.

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I have another soldier to add to the list. His name is Patrick Atwell -- he graduated from high school in 2005 and he just left today for the Marine Corps. He is going to San Diego for his basic training and he will be going into EOD for his job -- please keep this extraordinary young man in your prayers. He is a neat guy and a strong believer. He is going to do go things for the Marines. Smile

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Another update on Mike -- he had to have his appendix removed over the weekend (March 25th). He is now on a 2 week recovery and bored out of his mind. Lol

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Well I know that i'm not American but something very sad has happened here lately with one of our own soldiers. Private Jake Kovco lost his life a couple of weeks ago I think it was. At first his family and everyone else was informed through the media and politicians that he had died in an accident where he had set his rifle of whilst cleaning it. The body was supposed to be returned but there was a mix up and the wrong body was brought to Australia. It was horrible, his wife and mother were very angry and the widow rang the prime minister and apparentally told him off. They now don't even know the circumstances of his death and saying they are not sure if he was cleaning his gun at all at the time - there is an inquiry into his death at the moment. He was only 23 years old or something like that - he was only very young. I feel so badly for the family, especially with the mix up with his body - apparentally the proper body has now arrived in Australia and I read in the paper that his wife was on her way to the mortuary - presumably to identify him.

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Wow, Amanda I pray they get some answers soon about him. And please feel free to post about any soldier here -- this thread isn't limited to just American soldiers Smile

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Private Kovco's wife Shelley with prime minister John Howard


His wife Shelley and son Tyrie at Anzac day service on 25th April, 2006

Jake and Shelley the day he left for Iraq

Shelley Kovco and their daughter Alana

A card written by Shelley Kovco to her husband

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Wow, as a military wife, that story makes my stomach hurt. I cannot imagine anything worse. Its a different life, your soldier gone all the time. Thankfully, my DH is home right now, but he just got here, and he'll leave again soon. That poor woman and her beautiful children.

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I wanted to share a picture of my younger brother (even though he's a foot and four inches taller than me and over 120 pounds heavier) with y'all... he's heading to Fort Knox for bootcamp in a couple of weeks, and is looking at deploying to Iraq shortly after his training school, so sometime by the end of the year! Sorry if its big!

And then of course my friend Brian, not the boyfriend mentioned on other posts though! This was taken the day he came home from Iraq:

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Thanks for sharing Jenn Smile

I have two updates: Mike is now back home in Hawaii -- Jayson will be going to see him in a month. He will be relocating to Alabama in Oct/Nov. He is really looking forward to the move because he will be teaching now and won't be going on as many deployments now.

2nd update: Patrick graduated from Marine bootcamp and is now onto his training school. He is training to be EOD and I know eventually he will end up in Iraq.

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Here is a picture of Patrick. He got to come home this week before he goes off to MOS school. I found out he will no longer be EOD, but he will be munitions supply -- still a pretty dangerous job and they said in the next 6 months he will be in Iraq.

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Here are the two I mentioned in this week's prayer request thread, but I wanted to share pictures and thought this was a better place for them!

This is Eric-

And William-

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Yay! Will & Eric have been RELIEVED OF DUTY!!! They're finishing up some out-processing before they head through Kuwait and they'll be HOME!!! Smile

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Specialist Brian C Archer, Iowa National Guard... ain't he cute? Lol

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What a great idea to start this thread. My husband is serving in the Army and though he has not been to Iraq yet (thank God), he will be leaving for Germany in a couple of weeks. I will stay in the states for now because baby will be born soon. We are not sure when we can join him overseas. Please keep him and all those serving our country in your prayers.
God bless you all.

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My nephew just told me yesterday that he enlisted in the Marines and is leaving April 5 or 15th...I need to make sure huh. His MOS is aircraft mechanic. The main concern I have is of course for his safety. He just got married a month ago and has a 3yo step dd who he adores. Please keep them in your prayers.

Here's them now. I'll update with military photos later as they come of course:
Jeren

Kelsey his wife

And me and Kayleigh