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Commander-in-Absentia

Updated on May 5, 2011

My Son - SPC - Alexander Van Drie

When Will Mr. Obama become the Commander-in-Chief?

10/06/09

I've been an Army wife for over 30 years. But there is nothing like seeing your son - your baby - our only son - head out to war. He's 22 years young - and when he left, he left his beautiful wife Kristen and one month old baby girl Kaylee. That was the second week in July 2009.

I can not describe here what it is like trying to fight away the fear that burns in my stomach. It's not a constant battle, Praise God for that, but it can surprise me sometimes. Like if I'm watching the news and they say, "This just in, ______ soldiers killed in Afghanistan today." I hear that, and it simply takes my breath away sometimes.

If it wasn't for my faith, I'd run stark raving mad into the streets screaming until the breath could leave my lungs completely and I would lose consciousness.

I wish I could just go to sleep and not wake up until he's home at times. It is ONLY through Christ that I find the strength to get through each day that he is in so, so much danger. He's my BABY - I'm supposed to be out there protecting HIM. Is Mr. Obama protecting his military? Does Mr. Obama care about them at all?

My son and his Stryker unit is one of those units you've probably heard about in the news that is out where there is the MOST danger. As I've said over and over, my son and the Army soldiers in his Stryker unit aren't on the front lines, they ARE the front lines. This is where the soldiers are dying - and coming home without limbs. The most violence is taking place in these out laying areas my son's unit has to go into.

So please understand when I want to TEAR MY HAIR OUT at what I see in the news. Like this latest from Mr. Obama: He's meeting with Gay activists this weekend.

He has time to meet with General McChrystal TWO TIMES since he has taken office, but has had time to make thousands of speeches, give hundreds of T.V. interviews, go to Coppenhagen to beg for the Olympics, and spend ENDLESS amount of time pushing 'his' healthcare reform. And now MEET WITH A SMALL INTEREST GROUP OF ACTIVISTS?

Does he even NOTICE when the news crawl announces that soldiers were killed in battle?

When will this President ACT like a PRESIDENT and who he was sworn to be? Commander-in-Chief! When OH LORD, will this happen?

Please consider calling the White House and urging the President to meet with his military commanders and come to a decision about THEIR LIVES. This is a matter of LIFE AND DEATH to the Afghans and to our American and Allied soldiers! What is Mr. Obama THINKING?

Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,I fear no evil, for You are with me;Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Be with my son and our soldiers Lord God. Amen


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    • cjv123 profile imageAUTHOR

      Carol 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Big hugs breadfastpop. Thank you for your words of support and comfort. And you said wise words indeed, "As far as Obama's thinking is concerned, the truth is he's not thinking. He lacks the experience and the will to lead."

      I hope those who drank the Kool-Aid have stopped drinking and will work to SAVE this country before it falls down around our ears. I don't want to tell my grandchild, "America, she ONCE was a great country..."

      Thanks again for your kind words.

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      breakfastpop 

      8 years ago

      My thoughts and prayers are with you and your son. I can't imagine what you are going through as a mother. Each second that the President fails to make a decisive decision is putting our brave troops in harm's way. As far as Obama's thinking is concerned, the truth is he's not thinking. He lacks the experience and the will to lead.

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