I have not been blogging much this week due to being busy with my volunteer duties for the Soldiers Angels Living Legends Team
If you check out icasualties.org ,you'll see that there were 21 Fallen Heroes this past week. The latest soldier was killed only this morning, that name has not been released yet.
The Living Legends Team has been working diligently to gather information about each of the Fallen Heroes whose names were previously released by the DOD , and send condolence cards to each of these families.
Our Team also supported the family of a Marine who was injured last September, and just passed away on April 2.
Two casualties that hit home for me were soldiers from my state of Virginia.
Fallen this past week from Virginia was:
Staff Sgt. Jeremiah E. McNeal, 23, of Norfolk, Va.
and you can read articles about him here and here
and also fallen from Virginia was Sgt. Jesse A. Ault, 28, of Dublin, Va.
and you can read about him here and here
The fallen Marine who had been injured in Sept. was
LCPL Cody Wanken of Hampton,IA
and I came across this link to a letter that Lcpl. Wanken had written home while he was deployed, which was printed at the time in an Iowa newspaper, and then re-posted at
this link http://www.leatherneck.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-55289.html
I think it is a Must Read. It brought me to tears.
I don't often express my own personal opinions on the war here, but it is in weeks like this past one, that I wholeheartedly agree with my friend Greta from Hooah Wife, who posted here
I want our soldiers home
It's been particularly difficult for me this past week to listen to the hearings in Congress with Gen.Petraeus, and to hear President Bush announce that he will suspend troop withdrawals this summer.
While I want to be"supportive of the mission", and I have heard all the arguments that there are "less causualties in this war compared to previous wars",etc?
All I know is that, as a volunteer with some caring and compassionate Angels on the Living Legends Team who reach out to try and send some comfort to grieving families of the Fallen......there are 20 families grieving this past week alone...soon to be 21.
And the names of those Fallen Heroes are:
Specialist Matthew T. Morris
Captain Ulises Burgos-Cruz
Major Stuart A. Wolfer
Colonel Stephen K. Scott
Private 1st Class Shane D. Penley
Staff Sergeant Emanuel Pickett
Staff Sergeant Jeremiah E. McNeal
Sergeant Richard A. Vaughn
Specialist Jason C. Kazarick
Sergeant Michael T. Lilly
Sergeant Timothy M. Smith
Major Mark E. Rosenberg
Staff Sergeant Jeffery L. Hartley
Specialist Jacob J. Fairbanks
Sergeant Shaun P. Tousha
Sergeant Jesse A. Ault
Specialist Jeremiah C. Hughes
Technical Sergeant Anthony L. Capra
and Lcpl. Cody Wanken
(There are two names of Fallen Heroes that have not yet been released by the DOD.)
My prayers are with each of these grieving families. Please remember these families, and the families of all the 4,000 + fallen heroes.
And please keep those still serving in your thoughts and prayers, also.