Friend or Family on Active Duty?

  1. please do not give address particulars, or ship or other identifiers, but do you have a friend or loved one on active duty? if you do, where are they, generally speaking? what do you do to stay in touch? are you a member of any particular military support group or organization?

    my son is with the navy in bahrain.

    i am proud of him, but very worried, at the same time!

    please remember him and all of the other mothers sons in your thoughts and prayers.
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  3. by   LoisJean
    Hi, Cathy: My son, Brian, is a Army Staff Sergeant stationed in Germany. He is a Gulf War vet. His dad and I talk with him once a week and yesterday he told me that right now they are all "sitting tight". The general feeling is that they will be called up when Iraq erupts since it will probably be the type of warfare they have been trained for.

    I don't belong to any specific support group or organization but I recall that during the Gulf War those of us who had sons and daughters involved from our areas got together on a weekly basis--I suspect it will be the same thing this time.

    I would like to know your son's first name and I will add him to our Blessing ceremony. You can PM me if you'd like with his name.

    Thanks for posting. I understand exactly how you feel. I am sending you a big hug right now.

    Peace,
    Lois Jean
  4. by   bagladyrn
    originally posted by cathyw
    please do not give address particulars, or ship or other identifiers, but do you have a friend or loved one on active duty? if you do, where are they, generally speaking? what do you do to stay in touch? are you a member of any particular military support group or organization?

    my son is with the navy in bahrain.

    i am proud of him, but very worried, at the same time!

    please remember him and all of the other mothers sons in your thoughts and prayers.
    cathy - my son is also in the navy - in submarines, currently awaiting his a school. i fully understand what you mean about being proud and worried at the same time! there is a wonderful support group on delphiforums called navymomsonline. i'll check there and get the info to get to it (it's a closed forum - have to register to join - for parents/family only) if you are interested.
    if you want to talk or vent or look for a shoulder, feel free to pm me!
    came back to edit this - the address for ythe navy moms online group is www.navymomsonline.net
    Last edit by bagladyrn on Nov 19, '02
  5. by   oramar
    Nephew, 20 years airforce, just got home from Korea. Communicated off and on by computer.
  6. by   SharonH, RN
    My first cousin is in the Marines and he is stationed in NC. My sister-in-law is a reservist with the AirForce and her husband is active duty. My brother-in-law is active duty with the Marines, stationed in California.


    I know just how you feel. My husband was active duty during the Gulf War and in fact, was on the ground in Kuwait. I was physically ill with worry during that time and I hate for anyone else to go through that. I don't know how my mother and grandparents survived when my Dad and uncle were in Vietnam all those years ago. I know you're proud Cathy and I know how worried you are. I sincerely hope and pray for his safe return.
  7. by   Ted
    There's a reservist and an LPN who works on the med/surg floor. . . currently stationed somewhere in the Middle East.

    We are all most certainly worried about her!

    Ted

    P. S. Warm thoughts and prayers to all who have family (sons/daughter, spouses, parents) stationed near the middle east. . .
    Last edit by Ted on Nov 19, '02
  8. by   rncountry
    First cousin recently left for Saudi, Air Force, munitions maintaince. This is his fourth time there, his wife is also in the Air Force. They have a year old son.
  9. by   CATHYW
    It is good to hear from you all. I'll certainly keep your friends and family members in my thoughts and prayers, too! Lois Jean, my son's name is Matt.

    BagLadyRN, I'll definitely check out navymoms!
    Thanks for telling me about it.

    As usual, you all are great!
  10. by   l.rae
    my son is no longer in the Navy, but he was also stationed on a sub base in Groton Ct and was deployed in Bahrain for a time too...We were able to keep in touch thru an e-mail system, l could e-mail the sub, but not directly...HUGE phone bills too.....God bless you all and your families....you will be in my prayers....LR
  11. by   maureeno
    a cousin and nephew in the Navy. cousin just finished helicopter pilot school, awaiting assignment. nephew in San Diego, deployed soon to Gulf. another cousin in the Army and one in Coast Guard.
  12. by   live4today
    Husband, son-in-law, many nephews...all on active duty right now. I will pray for those of you and your children who are in any way connected to the military branches of the armed forces...no matter what country you live in, or where they serve. :kiss
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Darn near all my friends are involved in the military..I am married to it and a 10 year vet myself. My husband retires in 3 years...I am sure ready!
  14. by   CATHYW
    We were eating at Taco Bell in a town near our home today. This town is home to an Army Ranger school and ROTC at the state college and university there.

    Anyway, I overheard a young Marine tell some friends that he had received orders to report to Camp Pendleton, as "all of the Marines there are being sent to support activities in Iraq."

    I guess it won't be long until there will be a formal declaration of war.

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