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CONDOLENCES - RE: HELICOPTER BOMBING IN AFGHANISTAN

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I woud like to take a moment to extend my sincere condolences and to offer these words of comfort to every family member (especially every mother) who lost a loved one as a result of the recent helicopter bombing and crash in Afghanistan. My prayer for each of you is that in the midst of your grief, God's comfort will surface and provide a balm of healing to your broken hearts.

When God permits suffering, He also provides comfort. Only in the mercy of God can we find comfort for our pain and peace for our troubled hearts. (Bill Crowder, Our Daily Bread, Sept. 2011)

President Reverses Policy on Condolence Letters

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http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2011/07/president-reverses-course-on-condolence-letters.html
MILITARY -- July 6, 2011 at 5:45 PM EDT
President Reverses Policy on Condolence Letters
BY: JASON KANE AND DANIEL SAGALYN

Keeping a Military Marriage Together

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New blog by Challenge America spokesperson, and former soldier, Zaneta Adams: http://bit.ly/lSIyF4

Soul sisters

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Yesterday I was seeing a female patient for an irrelevant reason. During the subjective history when I was reviewing her meds, the conversation went something like this.

E = Emily
P = Patient

The Army’s No. 2 officer worries about the toll that war is

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http://www.nationaljournal.com/magazine/chiarelli-concerned-about-mental-health-in-the-army-20110623
Military Minds
The Army’s No. 2 officer worries about the toll that war is taking on mental health.
By Megan Scully

Togetherness In Our Apartness - Eugene R. Kramer Jr.

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Picture in your mind’s eye, a 4 year old blond-haired, blue-eyed little
girl. Her blonde hair she got from her Mommy and her blue eyes from her
Daddy. Her hair is usually in Pony Tails, because that’s her Daddy’s
favorite way that she wears it.
Bedtime has always been a very special time for her and her Daddy. It
was her“Daddy Time” and his “Baby Girl Time”. It was time set aside
just for the two of them.
Every night, her Daddy would put her to bed, tuck her in and read her a

a son's phone call home the day he deployed

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Here's the YouTube-version of a phone call I will never forget:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dj4cxp_iumI

It’s a story of a proud moment I think many military families can relate to. If you think so too, please feel free to share it in any way you feel appropriate.

Sincerely,
Sue Diaz, Blue Star mom
http://www.minefieldsoftheheart.com

Graffiti of War to bring understanding

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Dear all,

I would like to share some information about the Project Graffiti of War and perhaps you can help us..

Our purpose is to gather art created on unconventional canvases by military service members, from spray-painted slogans on captured enemy vehicles, to graffiti seen inside porta-potties, to elegant and dramatic unit emblems painted on blast walls.

Families Separated by War - "Togetherness In Our Apartness"

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I am a Veteran having served in the US Air Force from 1982 - 1988. Most of that time was spent either TDY, 12 Month Remote Tour or Tech School. I also have the unfortunate experience of most of my immediate family beind deceased. I have a point to make but I need to let you know of the deaths so you will know that what I say is from experience. The deaths include:
1966 Father
1994 Grandfather
1996 Grandmother
2001 Nephew
2005 Youngest Sister
2006 Oldest Sister
2007 Niece
2008 Aunt
2008 Mother
2011 Cousin

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