Thanks America for helping our troops

  1. two of "our boys"* were injured in iraq on monday.

    * not our boys as in our own sons. but our troops!


    australian soldiers hurt in iraq blast

    two australian soldiers have been injured by a roadside bomb while on patrol in southern iraq, defence says.
    two australian light armoured vehicles (aslavs) were patrolling dhi qar province, north of an nasariyah, at about 6.30pm local time on monday when an improvised explosive device (ied) was detonated as they passed.

    the two wounded soldiers were in the first aslav, which was seriously damaged in the blast and destroyed by a subsequent fire.
    one soldier received lower leg injuries while the other suffered less serious wounds.
    the second aslav was damaged and could not be moved, defence spokesman brigadier gus gilmore said.
    brigadier gilmore said the soldiers' injuries were not believed to be life threatening.
    "the is not the first time an attempted ied attack against australians has occurred, indeed our people in iraqand afghanistan face these types of threats on a regular basis," brigadier gilmore told reporters in canberra.
    the soldiers were evacuated to the us hospital at the tallil air base and may be moved to baghdad for further treatment, defence said.
    their families have been informed.
    federal opposition leader kevin rudd says the thoughts and prayers of all australians are with the two soldiers and their families.
    "i've just heard reports of this attack on our soldiers in iraq," mr rudd told reporters in sydney.
    "this is terrible news and our thoughts and prayers go out to the soldiers themselves and of course their families."
    mr rudd said it was a sober reminder that australian soldiers were in harm's way in many places around the world.
    "when we think of all their families and loved ones who are waiting always with anxiety for news of their loved ones and to make sure that they are safe and, well, days like this are really hard."
    both soldiers were from the darwin-based second cavalry regiment.
    us helicopters were on the scene within 10 minutes to evacuate them to hospital.
    the incident was one of three involving australian troops on monday.
    about midday, a patrol vehicle from the overwatch battle group west (obgw) was attacked by seven rocket-propelled grenades, but no-one was injured and no vehicles were damaged.
    late on monday night, troops watching over the site of the ied attack were forced to fire on a vehicle that was approaching at high speed and ignored warnings to slow down.
    "the vehicle eventually came to a halt, not far from where the patrol was located. the occupants of that vehicle alighted and no injuries have been reported at this stage," he said.
    brigadier gilmore would not speculate on claims this was the most serious attack on australian troops in iraq, but said these kinds of explosions were common.
    "there have been a number of attacks on australian troops - you'll remember a couple of years ago an ied attack in baghdad that disabled one of our vehicles and wounded a number of personnel on board - so they are a regular occurrence these types of attacks," he said.
    it was too early to know what sort of explosive device was used or where it exploded from, he said.
    he refused to speculate on the severity or nature of the soldiers' wounds.
    "the incident occurred only a couple of hours ago, they're being assessed by medical staff (and) the families of those wounded have been informed," brigadier gilmore said.
    "it's far too early to make an assessment whether they will be sent home or not."
    a third person in the aslav was uninjured, he said.
    brigadier gilmore praised the support provided by us troops.
    "the fact that us helicopters were available and in fact in attendance at the scene within 10 minutes of being called for is a great testament to the support that is provided to our patrol," he said.
    he said the soldiers had been on routine patrol duties when the blast happened.
    meanwhile, treasurer peter costello says the two injured australian soldiers are modern-day anzacs.
    he said all theatres of war were dangerous and the injuries were especially poignant just before anzac day.
    "these are the modern-day anzacs on the battlefield as we speak," mr costello told reporters.
    "we know that when you go into a theatre of war it's dangerous.
    "we respect them and we admire them and we support them for it.
    "and on the eve of anzac day it reminds us again that through successive generations, good australians have been prepared to walk into danger and walk into war for the sake of us and for the sake of their country.
    "we admire them, we respect them and our heart goes out to them."
    all australians would feel sympathy for the soldiers' loved ones, and admiration for the bravery with which the troops had carried out their duties, he said.

    as the mother of a serving soldier who is currently deployed, i want to thank our american allies for the help and support given to our troops, especially in this incident in iraq. whilst i'm totally against either of our countries being in iraq or afhganistan, i 100% support the troops. not only our own aussie troops, but the americans and other allies.
    that the chopper was there within 10 minutes to retrieve our boys, is testament to the co-operative and cohesive nature of our two countries allegience and friendship.
    this military mum says; thank you to those crew members on that, american, chopper!
    Last edit by Grace Oz on Apr 24, '07
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  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   bethin
    Your welcome Grace. And I agree with you 100% about supporting our troops but yet being against the war. Someone told me that I couldn't feel that way, so I asked my best friend (who is serving in Iraq) if it was bad to feel this way. He said nope, he felt the same way and most of the troops there will tell you the same thing. He said that they are given publicity lessons on how to act and what to say when the media is around so not as to appear that they don't want to be there.

    But who wants to be in a foreign country, away from family, and always in harm's way?

    This war has lasted 4 years too long. It has brought too many men and women home in caskets and too many are coming home not the same as when they left.
  4. by   Grace Oz
    They might be able to silence the troops from speaking the truth and their minds, beth, but they CAN'T silence the rest of us!
  5. by   bethin
    Quote from Grace Oz
    They might be able to silence the troops from speaking the truth and their minds, beth, but they CAN'T silence the rest of us!
    :yeahthat:

    I've been searching the internet looking for protests. I missed one by a day that I could have attended in Washington. And I have someone that agreed to bail me out if I got arrested - which I would have with my temper.

    The way veterans were treated after Vietnam, being spit on, cussed at, etc cannot happen again. I fully support that we send no more troops outside the US until we can properly care for the ones that come home and need tx in one of our fine (yeah right) military hospitals. I'm sure you've heard all about the conditions at Walter Reed.

    I read in Newsweek that one soldier, upon returning from Iraq called Walter Reed for a psychiatric appointment. A secretary asked him if he had thoughts of suicide, he responded yes. She then told him it would be a 6-8 month long wait. Who knows what the wait was if you weren't feeling suicidal. The next day his parents found him in their basement. He hung himself with an electrical cord.

    Deplorable conditions and a 6 month wait is what you get in this country for putting your life on the line.

    Sorry, I'm venting. I'm very frustrated at the system.
  6. by   bethin
    Grace, prayers out to you, your family and your son that he returns safely home.......very very soon.

    May he not have one scratch on him and not one bad memory.
  7. by   Grace Oz
    Thanks, beth. At present he's closer to Australia, (can't reveal details here), but he's "safer" than our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan at present. Well, I guess none of them on deployment is really safe! But, you know what I mean. He's been told he will most likely be deployed to the middle east once this deployment is finished! Wouldn't you think once they've been there- done that, they'd earned the right to NOT be sent on another deployment???!!!
    Yes, I know only too well what the situation for the American vets is. It's a disgrace! Ours are better cared for here in Aust. but it's still not optimal.
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Grace, thoughts and prayers with your troops and loved ones. Thank you for this article!

    I only have one request. Please, can you cite the source and place the link here? Thanks.
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Oh and my special thank-you for the service of your child.......I know the emotions you feel, I think, being a military wife (for almost 20 years). May God keep your child safe.
  10. by   Grace Oz
    Thank you! As a mother, my heart just aches. I pray daily, several times a day, for his safety and the safety of ALL troops serving.

    The article was on our internet news today. I'll try and obtain the link for you.
    http://au.news.yahoo.com/070320/2/12td7.html?f=mv

    It's also been on our TV news, the radio, and in the print media.
  11. by   Grace Oz
    Hmmmmm ..... I've just read this link, and it's NOT the original article I posted earlier! Weird! The article I posted was on the same YAHOO webpage!
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    again, sincere thanks for your sacrifices and my heart goes out to you. I know some of the angst you feel.
  13. by   Simplepleasures
    Quote from Grace Oz
    Thanks, beth. At present he's closer to Australia, (can't reveal details here), but he's "safer" than our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan at present. Well, I guess none of them on deployment is really safe! But, you know what I mean. He's been told he will most likely be deployed to the middle east once this deployment is finished! Wouldn't you think once they've been there- done that, they'd earned the right to NOT be sent on another deployment???!!!
    Yes, I know only too well what the situation for the American vets is. It's a disgrace! Ours are better cared for here in Aust. but it's still not optimal.
    Grace, it is so wrong to deploy these troops more than once, some here in the US are now being deployed for the THIRD time.This war was someones pet project, we need to get out fast so as to save any more potentially lost lives and limbs. My own daughter is in the military and I pray that she does not have to go, this makes me feel so guilty, knowing other mothers children are there and dying, for a useless war.
  14. by   Spidey's mom
    Grace - I'm glad this had a good ending.

    All our troops are awesome.

    steph

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