Thursday, January 15, 2004

I just got back from being home for the holidays this week. The visits with my family were wonderful! It was so nice to be able to see so many of the people that I love and know that I would not be leaving them to go back to the war, at least not immediately.

There were two real downers to the holiday reunions. Number one I think I am suffering from post dramatic stress disorder. When I first started hearing about this disorder I thought it was a bunch of B.S. but since I have been back I have noticed that I have almost no fuse. I become enraged over the simplest things. It's kind of scarey. At least I have realized that it is happening and I am taking steps to prevent it. The other thing really hit home. About two weeks ago there was a story on the news about a local man killed in Iraq. While that would have been bad enough in and of itself, it really hit home because of the circumstances surounding his life.

This soldier had been deployed to Iraq for some time, and left for the deployment while his wife was pregnant. He returned home for the birth of their son in November, and returned to Iraq four days after he was born. He was seperated from his wife and new son for approximately two months when he was killed by a mortar attack.

Words cannot express the magnitude of the effect the sacrifice this family, and others like it have made for this country has made on me and my family. I could not immagine leaving Joyce and Reid alone to rebuild after my passing. I pray that families going through that have the lord at their side and have the courage to make the best of the worst possible situation.

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