The Luckiest Man In Iraq

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My name is Patti, I had 2 sons that deployed to Iraq. My oldest son Brandon deployed in 2003 and my youngest in 2007. It all happened so fast. One day I was signing a check for dorm fees for Brandon when he walked into the room and said, "Mom I met a man" and he said, if I joined the Army I could go to Italy...so I did. Wow,  that was different for me. Not that I was alien to … [Read more...]

Restrepo Available on DVD

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RESTREPO is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, "Restrepo," named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. This is an entirely experiential film: the cameras … [Read more...]

Tips for Staying in Touch with Your Soldier via Blackberry Smartphone

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Over the months I discovered a few ways to stay in touch with my deployed Soldier with my Blackberry cell phone. Some of these may also apply to other smartphones like Apple iPhones. Using these Blackberry applications helps me communicate with my son at any time that he happens to be on the Internet. I don't have to be at my computer which is a big relief. For example, one … [Read more...]

Back to the War Zone

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R & R. It's the first countdown after deployment. We wait for it. We envision that moment when our Soldier steps foot on U.S. soil. I had my R & R moment recently with my Soldier son. I got the call on a Sunday at 0600 after he landed at the airport. He had been traveling for 4 days. From that moment, this burden of worry and concern that was with me for months, just … [Read more...]

Day by Day by Day by Day …

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That's how I roll ... day by day. What else can you do when your son is in a war zone? Each day is like "Groundhog Day" , just not as funny as the movie. Wake up, say a prayer for my son, check the online news to see what happened in Afghanistan while I was sleeping, read an inpirational Biblical verse, get ready for my day. That's just the start of the day. As the day … [Read more...]