Archive for Afghanistan

Military Monday – Guess Who is Coming to Dinner?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on November 23, 2009 by juliannah

I think this is a fair enough question. Therefore, I decided to do what I always do when I want to find out information on one subject or another. I Googled it. This is what I found out. It would seem that David Beckham, his wife Victoria and their three children will be going to Germany for Thanksgiving to visit with the troops. I found this quite interesting since I do not think they are even American citizens. I could be wrong about that.

Brokedown Cadillac, a Nashville county music group will visit troops stationed in Iraq for the Thanksgiving holiday. The band members say they have close ties to the military and that is why they feel honored to spend the holiday with troops. The Band wants to spend time with those who cannot spend Thanksgiving with their own families.

On November 23, 2007, then President George W. Bush made a surprise Thanksgiving visit to the troops stationed in Iraq. He spent 2 ½ hours visiting with the troops and even helped serve Thanksgiving dinner.

I wonder what President Obama plans to do for Thanksgiving? Play golf? Spend time with his family? Walk the dog?  I have a good hunch that he will not be going to Afghanistan. Or even Iraq. After all, he has been traveling quite a bit lately. He probably needs time to get over the jet lag.

For All The Right Reasons

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 29, 2009 by juliannah

When I learned President Obama went to Dover Air Force Base last 102909_obamahonorsnight to honor fifteen fallen troops and three DEA agents returning from Afghanistan I admit I was not quite sure what to think. He has been holding off on sending more troops to Afghanistan for many months now. I am not an expert but I am sure there are political reasons for the delay such as the upcoming elections on November 7.

I would like to hope that Obama visited the fallen troops and their families as an honorable thing and not a political ploy. I know that it is not possible for a sitting President to meet each fallen troops as they return. On one hand, I am glad he went and I am sure it had to be a comfort to the families. If my child was returning after sacrificing their life for our country, I know I would appreciate the President of the United States making the effort to come and pay his respects. I am not sure however that I would want reporters there. I have not been in the situation so I really cannot say.

As the mother of an active duty service member I do not always agree politically with out nation’s leaders, but one thing is for sure, I respect them just as my son does and my daughter did when she served. When asked about my son’s stand on the current wars he just says it is his job to do to the best of his ability and to respect his commander-in-chief. Not everyone agrees with this and that is okay. This is why we live in America. We have this right guaranteed.

Getting back to President Obama’s visit, I cannot look into the man’s heart, but I have enough faith and hope that he did this for the right reasons. If so then I applaud you. If not than all I can say is, “Shame on you.” In addition, I hope that President Obama took a good long look at the cost the Afghan war is causing. I sincerely hope this experience will aid him in making the right decision so this scene is not repeated. But, alas, I think that is just wishful thinking on my part.

More importantly, we must remember those who sacrificed for our freedoms. We must remember the families whose loved ones sacrificed for our freedoms. Paying our respects to these troops and their families is really something we all should do. We cannot do it everyday in a personal way, but we can inside ourselves.

 

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2009 by juliannah

This was posted on AirmanMom’s site. I thought I would pass it on.

I feel the same way.

Keep ’em Safe

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on June 18, 2009 by juliannah

I came across an article about an 11 year boy whose father is deployed to Afghanistan. Xavier Johnson misses his dad very much just as many other children that have parents  deployed to war zones.

Xavier found a way to cope by making a rap song about his father’s deployment. He preformed the song at a number of military talent shows and he and his father, Capt. Alfonso Johnson made a video and posted it on YouTube.

I found it very inspriring and I am sure most of you will too. If you are military and have children please let them watch this video. Perhaps it will make them feel a little more comforted knowing they are not alone. Many of these kids feel exactly as Xavier does.

Even if you are not military please pass this video on.

Thank you Capt. Alfonso Johnson for your service and thank you Xavier for having the courage to express your feelings along with the talent to put it in a song.

Gotta Love Mudpuppy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 11, 2009 by juliannah

Mudpuppy is a soldier in Afghanistan that used to blog but decided to make his blog private. He still stays in touch with his adopted Mom Airman Mom. That way his followers still get a chance to hear about him. Airman Mom put up a post from Mudpuppy today.

Go here and read it right now.

 

See. Gotta love him.

Comments for Sgt. Daniel Thornhill

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 9, 2009 by juliannah

I just want to say thank you to everyone who left a comment for Sgt. Daniel Thornhill and all who I know sent him a card. I would like to send the comments to him so please continue to leave comments and even though his birthday will be passed I will print out the comments next Sunday June 14 and mail them to him. He deserves to see the support demonstrated here. Thanks once again and you can leave a comment for Sgt. Daniel Thornhill here

Sgt. Daniel Thornhill – Please help this Patriot

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 4, 2009 by juliannah

Sgt. Daniel Thornhill was seriously injured in Afghanistan two years agoby a suicide bomber. He lost both legs, is paralyzed from the waist down and suffered severe burns on his hands, arms and body. You can read an article about Sgt. Thornhill here.

His parents are asking for help. No financial help but they would like to help brighten his upcoming birthday. They are asking that people just send their son a card for his birthday. This young man has sacrificed a lot for our country and it would be great if everyone reading this could join in and send him a card. His birthday is next week.

Please help and please pass the word. This is a real simple way to give back to someone who has given so much for the American people. His address is below. Thank you.

Mailing address:
Sgt. Daniel Thornhill
Fort Sam Houston Fisher House
3623 George C. Beach Rd
Fort Sam Houston, Texas 78234