A Message from Wally in Afghanistan

  1. A while back, I asked for messages from you all for a friend of mine, Wally, a civilian working for the Department of the Army. He's currently in Afghanistan (AF). I got an email from him yesterday, and thought those of you who responded might like to read what Wally had to say.

    Man you done good. I just got back from being out doing real work for three days and the package was here. What a deal - out catching bad guys and come home to some good cigars. I owe you. I also owe all of the nurses who posted responses for you. There were some kind words there. If people in our great country only knew what the real soldiers out here had to go thru each and every day (even if the newsmedia doesn't say much about AF anymore) they would give each and every one of these young guys a huge party and gift when they returned home. I still find it hard to believe these young guys do what they do for love of the job, their country, and the US way of life for a few hundred dollars a month.
    Thanks again to everyone who responded. Your words meant a lot to him, and the soldiers who work for him.

    Kevin
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    kewl...I am glad this small gesture on our parts helped!
  4. by   mother/babyRN
    I haven't been on the boards for awhile. I wish I had seen this. Will you be doing this again? What a great idea.....
  5. by   jnette
    Always glad to offer our guys AND women (notice he didn't mention the women... ) support and encouragement... they sure deserve it.

    Send him best wishes, and to keep us posted.
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Quote from jnette
    Always glad to offer our guys AND women (notice he didn't mention the women... ) support and encouragement... they sure deserve it.

    Send him best wishes, and to keep us posted.
    Just a note froma vet , jnette, as a woman in the AF we were considered one of the "guys" on more than one occasion and it never bothered me any. I was as good as ANY guy in my mind. I am sure it was not meant as a slight against female servicemembers or veterans.
  7. by   jnette
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    Just a note froma vet , jnette, as a woman in the AF we were considered one of the "guys" on more than one occasion and it never bothered me any. I was as good as ANY guy in my mind. I am sure it was not meant as a slight against female servicemembers or veterans.
    Yeah, you're right Deb... it's been a loooooooooooooooong time, y'know ?!

    That, plus all the "PC" talk anymore, and the constant news reports about "our men and women in uniform, blah, blah, blah".... guess that might be why I picked up on the omission.
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    s'ok jnette....lest we forget women ARE making HUGE sacrifices for the freedoms so easily taken for granted. On that note, we need to really embrace and thank military families/spouses as their sacrifices are HUGE...I can't imagine hearing a bunch of soldiers in one's unit have died and not knowing if MY loved one were one of them (this is a regular news item here in the Puget Sound area, where so many military bases are located). Families make enormous sacrifices in military service, and are very under-recognized.

    I am on YOUR side on this issue, as well as so many others. Your concerns are very worthy in my eyes!
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Apr 8, '04

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