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Our Son in Afghanistan

Updated on June 30, 2010

Our son in Afghanistan with his Stryker unit

Alex with Afghan soldiers
Alex with Afghan soldiers
Alex with a local Afghan young man
Alex with a local Afghan young man
Haji dogs - these poor creatures!
Haji dogs - these poor creatures!
With the locals as Alex wrote "Chilin with the locals"
With the locals as Alex wrote "Chilin with the locals"
More interaction with the locals
More interaction with the locals

Please don't forget our soliders and allies

My son and many other brave heroes left friends, family and loved ones to serve our country. Of course I think my son Alex is great, wonderful, a selfless hero who has sacrificed to serve something greater than himself - God and country.

Please don't forget these men and women. There are no women in this unit, but there are military women who have gone there and are definitely in harms way.

Please look at these images - my son and these soldiers represent sons, fathers, brothers and someone who is loved by someone else. Remember their sacrifice, remember what they are doing, don't let Congress or Mr. Obama forget them. Write or call your representatives and tell them you remember our military and our allies and this administration must do the RIGHT thing and support them, and support the Afghan people and show LEADERSHIP in the world by making decisions that are in the best interest of the country and our soldiers and airmen.

We're all busy - so if you can't consider contacting Washington or your representative, can you consider letting someone else know about these photos? Pass this on - place a link to your Facebook or at least tell someone else via email about these photos and ask them to take a moment from their day to pray or pay tribute to these wonderful men. May God bless our soldiers and may God bring back blessings to America!


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    • MFB III profile image

      MFB III 

      8 years ago from United States

      "Godspeed And Return To Sender Please!"

      Please always remember to............

      Grow eyes in the back of your head,

      take notice of all the things around you,

      things that before you might have simply ignored.

      Develop a three mile stare.

      Sharpen your hearing,

      turn down those headphones for a while,

      listen harder for small sounds.

      Go out late at night and just study

      all the motion and the rustles around you,

      make sure you get your hearing checked thoroughly.

      Practice being quiet,

      walk on gravel, sand, branches, twigs,

      and then strive to transmit the most

      minimal amount of sound possible.

      Use your sense of smell to try detecting

      any approaching odors before you see them.

      Use saline drops to keep your nostrils clear.

      Use your common sense,

      from now till when you leave for any war zone.

      Be aware of all that goes on around you.

      Watch your back, your sides and your front,

      as if you were in a pit of rattlesnakes,

      because you will be.

      Get on the right track with God,

      he is your best ally and his name

      as well as your Mom's will be

      the two names you will call on the most....

      and the last one many have called upon.

      Strengthen your endurance,

      run till you can't run anymore,

      and then run some more,

      hold your breath until

      you can't hold it anymore,

      and then hold it again.

      Learn to swim without arms,

      using just your legs, and vice versa.

      Build up your muscles to their top potential

      so that they are always there for you.

      Expect the unexpected,

      have your friends try to sneak up on you

      and then catch them in the act.

      Clear your head of all problems

      and commitments back home,

      so many have been felled

      after some trouble stateside

      distracted them.

      Lose all of your vices,

      a cigarette being lit

      has killed more men in battle

      then bullets sometimes,

      Alcohol has no place there, and drugs

      are the enemy’s best defense.

      Go in bravely, fight hard

      and be confident that you can win,

      using all the tools above,

      and some of your own from your soul.

      Never be afraid or reluctant to kill,

      or you will be killed.

      You can be merciful in killing,

      make it quick, clean,

      and as painless as possible.

      For killing leaves scars

      that you must carry all your life,

      let them be merciful scars

      that were wrought for just causes.

      Wear your body armor always,

      your safety belts, helmets,

      tethers and life jackets,

      no matter how hot it gets,

      no matter what the circumstances.

      you would not believe how many men

      have drowned in that stupid desert.

      Pray often and sincerely

      for God hears a warrior’s prayers

      and if it's in his will he answers,

      and if it's not then you will receive

      a glorious award for your sacrifices...

      not here on earth, but in heaven.

      Make no rash decisions,

      proceed slowly, trust your instincts,

      and we will see you

      when your tour is through,

      A changed person,

      but a true survivor and a patriot.

      There are many

      heroes in my book

      but mostly dead ones,

      those who risked it all

      to save others.

      You don't have to

      be a hero, just be.

      Peace to you and yours.

      My hopes and prayers

      go with you....

      my flesh would too but I

      am a retired warrior.

      Godspeed to you,

      and a Teflon coat of love,

      to wrap around you,

      so that no pain

      nor sorrow ever sticks

      beyond the moments it is dealt.

      ©-MFB III

      My heart goes out to your family and all families of sons and daughters of war......MFB III

    • Hmrjmr1 profile image


      9 years ago from Georgia, USA

      CJV123- God Bless you and your families service. We need to keep the support going for our guys and gals. I work (via the web) with a couple sources for support as well. It is a tough job we've asked our troops to do and we need to keep the pressure up so the command gives them the tools and we give our love. Great Hub! all yours are now in my prayers and thoughts daily.

    • ehern33 profile image


      9 years ago

      I salute them and you for raising a son that is selfless. This is what makes this country great and proud. May God Bless them all and bring them back safely. I am humbled by their courage and heart.

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      Hey Arny Infantry Mom - thanks SO much for your comments! How VERY cool you're in Michigan! Thank you for your offer - but for now - we're GOLDEN! My church is huge and they're sending out care packages to his unit, plus my Mom has this huge semi-retirement community in Florida and they've also banded together to send out packages to Alex's unit - but if it does start to dry up - I will let you know!

      Thank you also for the prayers - I know you know exactly what I'm going through - and prayer cover is coveted! If you ever need ME to do anything = please let me know.

      If you email - I'll give you my telephone numbers. Frankly - I think we should use or resources and start something so that Mr. Obama will act like a Commander-in-Chief instead of the ego-maniac narcissistic idiot he's been acting and pay attention to the things he SHOULD be paying attention to. I'd love to start our own arm of the Tea Partiers to get him to TAKE NOTICE of our soldiers!

    • Army Infantry Mom profile image

      Army Infantry Mom 

      9 years ago

      Your right about people having busy lives,..can't see further than their own back yard,..when others see yellow ribbons in their yard. It is so important for everyone to just stop for a minute and look into the faces of those serving, some, alot,..dying for us and the security we so often take forgranted. Honestly i see no reason that every american cant do something back in return to show there support. Care packages are 12 dollars to send, its easy to send one or two however when you have someone deployed sending care packages can be quite exspensive and sometimes just impossiable to keep up on, but with the help of others, many wont be forgotten at mail call. It's just getting people to see beyound their back yards.

      I will keep your Alex in my prayers and if you ever need help with getting care packages sent out to him and his brothers let me know i have a lot of resources for that. P.S. Im in Michigan too, Wayne Westland Area, I have a x-mas card collection going on for the troops. About 500 so far and still adding.

    • cjv123 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you so much everyone for your kind words! It warms my heart! Thank you for taking the time out of your busy days to write words of support!

    • readytoescape profile image


      9 years ago from Central Florida

      "Of course I think my son Alex is great, wonderful, a selfless hero who has sacrificed to serve something greater than himself - God and country."

      CJV123, I THINK SO TOO.

      As I think all of those like him are.

    • Tom Cornett profile image

      Tom Cornett 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      A little prayer...keep them safe...bring them home...bless them and always remind us to remember what they have done.

    • Harvey Stelman profile image

      Harvey Stelman 

      9 years ago from Illinois


      G-D Bless him for his service. May he come home to you safe and sound. A MAN to be proud of!

    • cjv123 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you jiberish and breakfastpop so very much. Thank you for the posting on Facebook and your words of support! God bless you for caring!

    • breakfastpop profile image


      9 years ago

      Your son is truly a hero. I am grateful for his sacrifice. I posted the pictures to Facebook. I pray for his safe return.

    • jiberish profile image


      9 years ago from florida

      Thank your son for his service, and Thank you for your sacrifice.


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