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Friday, June 22, 2007

Almost Home

Well, we are back on friendly soil finally. We hit Fort McCoy, Wisconsin on Tuesday and are all well on our way to getting demobilized and out of here. The folks here are great, and it is wonderful to be back in the US of A. They are planning a little party for us when we get back, you can read about it at Omaha.com or LJS.com. More to come later when I have some more free time, internet and email access is very hard to come by and we've had some long days checking the boxes trying to get out of here.

19 comments:

David M said...

Trackbacked by The Thunder Run - Web Reconnaissance for 06/22/2007
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Jim said...

Welcome home!! Wow, what great news! Drop me a line when you get a chance.

Jim C
Thinking Right
http://thinking-right.com

Kathi said...

Wonderful news:)
WELCOME HOME!

Anonymous said...

While you and your loved ones are the star attractions today as you arrive home from Iraq, know that our prayers are with you (and your Chappy Todd too). Wish we could be among the thousands of well wishers greeting you today in Nebraska.

This is the day that kept you all going as you withstood long work days, the unrelenting heat, the pain of separation, days of low morale, and stress. The light of your service, though, lit our path even here in Minneapolis.

Keep the faith and stay strong. Your brave service
made us proud and was a continuous song to Our Lord in some of our darkest days. Thanking you doesn't seem enough. Trying to follow your example is better. You made us better persons, too.

Welcome home. God bless you and all those you love,

Judy and Chap. Todd's Uncle Randy

liberal army wife said...

welcome home. My DH is right behind you.... Chief says hiya.

LAW

Anonymous said...

Sack in Iraq! Welcome Back!! So good to have you back on THIS half of the world!!!! HOOAH!

Just wanted to say thanks for your blog this past 15 months. You have been an inspiration for all of us back home. Wow....look where you've been and where you are today.

The good Lord has blessed each and every one of you very, very, fine young men. Jeff and Germaine are blessed now within the Lords presence and He holds their families very close in His arms. You guys are the finest the world has to offer. Thanks for your many sacrifices, the sacrifices of your family and friends, and God Bless America. Welcome home man!

I feel as though I've known you for a lifetime and ANY parent would be proud to have you as their own son.

I looked all over for you on Sunday but when there's 5,000+ people, and of course my own son to hug and kiss.... Well, you understand. I hope to meet you in person at Beans' party.

Enjoy your welcome home, your family, and your friends.

Over-and-out,

Ma Beans.

Anonymous said...

Welcome home Sack,

I can't wait to see you when I get back.

Lil Sack.

Solo said...

WELCOME HOME!!! and Thanks!

Craig J. Phillips said...

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Please share my site with both disabled and non-disabled individuals.

Thank you for your time and kindness,

Respectfully yours,

Craig J. Phillips MRC, BA

Addendum:


I find that sometimes groups and organizations with whom I share Second Chance to Live do not look beyond my being a traumatic brain injury survivor. My injury happened in 1967 when I was 10 years old. I was not suppose to be able to succeed beyond high school, if that according to the professionals of the day. Nevertheless, I am a master's level rehabilitation counselor, have an undergraduate degree in Theology with a minor in physical education/recreation, nursing training on the licensed practical nurse level, and have an Emergency Medical Technician certification.

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