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Hi Everyone, I know that most of you don't know me very well but I had to share exciting news in my life. My husband's son Adam joined the Army National Guard about 1 1/2 years ago. He is a specialist and works demolition. We just got word last night that he is home from Iraq on US soil and will be home in NC soon!

About a year ago, he volunteered with about 4 other members of his unit to attach themselves with an Army unit out of Fort McCoy WI. He left a year ago for training in Germany and then went to Iraq on Sept 1st. He was able to come home for Christmas for 2 weeks but had to go back to finish his time there. In April, we received a call at 9:30 p.m. on a Sunday night from the Army saying Adam's convoy had been attacked and he was thrown off by a bomb exploding. The Army had little details but said he had a head injury and was airlifted to a nearby hospital. Long story short, it was a night I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. My husband who is the strongest man I know, literally fell to pieces and I had the unfortunate job of calling his mother and breaking the news to her. For 15 hours, we didn't hear a word and then finally (thank God) Adam called as he was being released from the hospital. He had a bad concussion and some bruised ribs but was okay. He was back to work 2 days later. My oldest son who served in Iraq for 7 months with the Marines explained that although he was given 2 days R&R, he wouldn't want to carry a 50 lbs pack on his back with bruised ribs. A week later, we got the horrible news that Adam's best friend PFC Adam Marion had been killed in Iraq. Again, that is an experience I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy and together (his Grandparents, my husband, his sister and her husband and his mother) we attended the wake and the funeral to show our support to his family. Needless to say, April was a volatile month and we have been counting down to hear from him about when he was coming home.

Last night, he called my husband's cell phone at 12:30 a.m. from Shannon Ireland and he was waiting for his flight out to WI. He will be debriefed there and then should be home in NC by next Monday. Unfortunately, this homecoming might be cut short because now his unit is set to deploy in January. There is a big chance that he might have to go back. I would like to ask for prayers for him - he doesn't mind serving his country but after this last tour, I don't know how much my husband and I can take emotionally. We are proud of our boys and daughter (who was in the Army National Guard) for their service to this country but as parents, naturally, we want them home safe and sound.

Remember "Freedom Isn't Free", Hug a military person and thank them for their service. :)

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How lucky and blessed are we to have such fine young people protecting our freedom and the freedom of others. Welcome Home and God Bless your son and all your family!

Pam

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How exciting & what a relief! My brother was in Iraq for 18 months and has almost been back a year now. He was just recently sent to the country of Georgia (at the juncture of Eastern Europe and Western Asia), to help train & prepare their troops so that they can help us in this war. He is supposed to be back at the end of the month or the beginning of Aug. Can't wait for his safe return.

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Dear Galpal,

Thank you for sharing your story with us.

My heart goes out to you and your family.

Give Adam a BIG WELCOME HOME from all of us!

God Bless!

(((HUGS)))

Suzanne

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Dear Galpal....huge hugs to you for what you and your hubby have had to go through. And an enormous hug for Adam for what he has done for us. I pray that he will not have to go back again and if he does that God will keep him safe, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.

Thank you for sharing your story hon~

hugs,

Sue

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Wow everyone, thanks. :) I was just so excited and didn't want to impose but had to spill it.

Tap, I am so glad your brother got through okay and look forward to hearing that he is home in August from Georgia.

Irish, I hope your husband is doing better. I think I read that he needed prayers so I will add him in my prayers too. :)

Hugs to everyone and thanks again!

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Hi Everyone, I know that most of you don't know me very well but I had to share exciting news in my life. My husband's son Adam joined the Army National Guard about 1 1/2 years ago. He is a specialist and works demolition. We just got word last night that he is home from Iraq on US soil and will be home in NC soon!

About a year ago, he volunteered with about 4 other members of his unit to attach themselves with an Army unit out of Fort McCoy WI. He left a year ago for training in Germany and then went to Iraq on Sept 1st. He was able to come home for Christmas for 2 weeks but had to go back to finish his time there. In April, we received a call at 9:30 p.m. on a Sunday night from the Army saying Adam's convoy had been attacked and he was thrown off by a bomb exploding. The Army had little details but said he had a head injury and was airlifted to a nearby hospital. Long story short, it was a night I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. My husband who is the strongest man I know, literally fell to pieces and I had the unfortunate job of calling his mother and breaking the news to her. For 15 hours, we didn't hear a word and then finally (thank God) Adam called as he was being released from the hospital. He had a bad concussion and some bruised ribs but was okay. He was back to work 2 days later. My oldest son who served in Iraq for 7 months with the Marines explained that although he was given 2 days R&R, he wouldn't want to carry a 50 lbs pack on his back with bruised ribs. A week later, we got the horrible news that Adam's best friend PFC Adam Marion had been killed in Iraq. Again, that is an experience I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy and together (his Grandparents, my husband, his sister and her husband and his mother) we attended the wake and the funeral to show our support to his family. Needless to say, April was a volatile month and we have been counting down to hear from him about when he was coming home.

Last night, he called my husband's cell phone at 12:30 a.m. from Shannon Ireland and he was waiting for his flight out to WI. He will be debriefed there and then should be home in NC by next Monday. Unfortunately, this homecoming might be cut short because now his unit is set to deploy in January. There is a big chance that he might have to go back. I would like to ask for prayers for him - he doesn't mind serving his country but after this last tour, I don't know how much my husband and I can take emotionally. We are proud of our boys and daughter (who was in the Army National Guard) for their service to this country but as parents, naturally, we want them home safe and sound.

Remember "Freedom Isn't Free", Hug a military person and thank them for their service. :)

Glad to hear your news. Tell him thanks! If he's re-deployed to Iraq in January - email me. I'll see that our American Legion Auxilliary gets his address and perhaps we can send the boys something when they are there.

Annie

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GalPal,

I am delighted for you and your family

I am always amazed by the selflessness of these unsung young heros,

Please give him our thanks and gratitude for serving our nation

I will keep Adam and your family in my prayers.

Gin

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Yeahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! That is awesome!!!

Welcome home, Adam!!!! And thank you for putting yourself out there for your country... I appreciate it more than you will ever know!!!

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Hi galpal2008 :wave:

Need to tell you I am so happy your son is safe and back home :) I cannot imagine how much you and your husband went through

I admire those people that leave a comfortable and safe life to fight for their ideas. They deserve more credit. Please give Adam a big hug and another bear hug for your husband and you :wuv:

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Galpal, Glad to hear Adam made it home safe!!! Let him know that I thank him for his service! Being former Navy, I truly appreciate their sacrifice. Continued prayers for all of our servicemen and servicewomen!!

Jeanette

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Prayers said, - I really feel for you... My oldest Bjørn came back from Afghanistan earlier this spring and the time he was preparing and out there was hell. My galsisters really made the difference, allowing me to vent and worry and ramle and not least holding him up in prayers, - I can never thank them enough! It will always stay with me the warmth and support!

I feel your pain!

Warm hugs from Eva Mari :wuv:

ETA: Forgot to welcome home!! It's just that you said might have to go out again,

- been there ( Sigh.. )

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:hearts:From a mother who had a daughter in the Canadian Air Force and a son who is still in the Army after 21 years I know how you felt while he was away! I am glad that he is back home safe and sound...Now you can spoil him with all the hugs and kisses you want...it is a "Mother's" right to do so... :hug1:
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So happy to hear your son is home safe and please Thank him for his service from us. Will he have to go back or is he home for good. Thanking God for his safe return and continued prayers to all those still serving in our armed forces.

SAYING THANK YOU CAN NEVER EXPRESS HOW MUCH WE TRULY APPRECIATE YOURS AND ALL THE OTHERS WHO SERVE....................

Tojo

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Ah, thanks everyone - it has been a great two days for sure. :)

God bless you that have served or have a loved on in or was in the military. I have such an appreciation for the family members and all that they go through during this and my oldest son's 2 tours. Thanks again everyone. I will pass on the message to Adam. :)

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