Sunday, April 15, 2007

A Big Sigh of Relief From a Soldier's Mother

Message from my sister with news of my nephew.

Jason Dunaway

Dear Family and Friends,

Just a BIG sigh of relief to pass on to you all…

Jason has returned and is safely in Hawaii getting back to normal things like drinking Starbucks coffee, taking a shower, walking around without all his protective gear on, being able to wash his clothes and dry them without holes being shot through them, walking somewhere without having rounds shot at him…just normal stuff like that!

We take a lot for granted over here in our safe haven.

Thank God for the men and women who put their lives on the front line to protect those who can not protect themselves and protect our freedom we enjoy so much.

THANK YOU ALL who kept Jason in prayer.

According to the stories he told me last night on the phone, God once again over and over watched over him.

He saw some horrendous sights, having friends losing their legs and half of their bodies…..YES, we take our safety for granted.

Thank you!!
I love you all.

God Bless you and keep you safe.

Both of Cathy's sons are active-duty Marines. The U.S. Military won't put them both in war zones at the same time... so soon it's his brother's turn.

They're just good-ole Texas boys that saw the military as a way out. Both joined up right out of high school, one right before the war, the other right after it began. Jason has served three tours of duty in hell. The first one was in Afghanistan (the picture above), then he went into Iraq. That tour he took some lead in the arm which was headed for his heart but got deflected by his body armor. This last tour was in Iraq as well, and he's sent back many stories of buddies getting wounded, snipers trying to pick soldiers off, and daily fear of attack.

His brother Brandon also did two tours in Iraq, but he's missed most of the insurgency as he hasn't been there for over a year and a half.

I won't get into my feelings on the war, or what I think about why we are there... Right now I'm just going to be happy that he's made it back from another tour none the worse for wear.

As you can tell, my sweet sister believes strongly in God. It's not really my bag, but if He has helped bring those boys home safely every time, then I'm all for it.

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