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My son... by canaveralgumby on 24 April 2009 4:07pm
...will be shipping out, being deployed on May 5, MP's birthday. Forgive me if I don't feel like celebrating it much this year.

I won't say what location, suffice to say he'll have to wear kevlar to go to the latrine. He'll be there til November.

canaveralMom is seemingly rational but I'm freaking out inside. I begged him for 6 months NOT to go into the military before he reported. He was 20 yrs. old and there was nothing I could do.

I was so happy that he'd just arrived in Ramstein. After the deployment, he'll return to Ramstein for the remainder of his enlistment (2011).

I mean, he's a COMPUTER guy for crap's sake, WHY do they need him in a war zone? Because he's a warm body I presume. No, I guess they need their computers on the line, too.
Re: My son... by Lounge Trekker on 24 April 2009 4:57pm
That is scary and alarming. He will likely return unharmed, and we pray for that.

Re: My son... by canaveralgumby on 24 April 2009 6:36pm
Thanks, Pete. You know, I'm trying to remind myself that I have as much chance of getting shot at by walking into my local restaurant or city hall, right? Now that I look at that statement in print, it's actually NOT as comforting as I thought!
Re: My son... by Ken Dunn on 24 April 2009 7:17pm
Think that he is going to make peace, not war. That is why I liked the Ministry of Defence - it wasn't the War Ministry. I think we had a War Ministry back in the first half of the 1900s.
Re: My son... by tucsonmike on 24 April 2009 8:43pm
He's in my thoughts Cori. He wanted to go in, it is done. You could have begged all you wanted for him not to go in. It is up to the fates now.:(
Re: My son... by sighthound on 24 April 2009 9:17pm
Oh, what a nerve racking half year you're going to have, Cori! My heart goes out to you and every positive thought I can muster goes out to your son....
Re: My son... by mrsthing on 24 April 2009 10:01pm
You'll both be in my prayers, Cori.
Re: My son... by peripatetically on 25 April 2009 1:00am
I think I know a little of how you must feel. My girlfriend's son graduated from Va. Tech in their ROTC program and was stationed in many places. Before he was finished with his obligations, he was sent to Afghanistan. He is home now though, out of the service and , hopefully, safe. The son of our neighbor was sent last weekend . When its someone you know and love, it really is different. My thoughts and prayers go out to him you and all the servicemen around the world.
Re: My son... by kazzzz on 25 April 2009 2:38am
Oh how worrying Cori my heart goes out to you.
I'm sure he wil be fine, as you say the odds of returning home safely are very good. He must be incredibly brave to have even signed up initially.
Re: My son... by canaveralgumby on 25 April 2009 6:19pm
Thank you everyone for your kind thoughts. I'll share more info as I can (whether you like it or not!).

He's NOT going to Iraq. Where he's going, it's a just cause. It can be seen as a human rights cause as much as combating terrorism. But I just don't want my little boy getting a boo-boo.
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