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This blog exists only as an archive. It is a journal that serves as a window into my life as a Marine combat veteran serving in Iraq and Afghanistan; it was written with no filter, no politics and no agenda. Please feel free to follow my journey from beginning to end. Welcome to my life.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Pictures from A'Stan!

Jake was able to get an internet connection briefly and was able to send out a couple of pictures.

here is the content:

**Been a while, but I'm doin okay. Livin in a tent for the last (and next) three months with no power or water. Life isn't too bad though, the pics are of my team "The Revolution", if you aren't part of the team, you're part of the problem!!

Rest In Peace
Mike Washington, KIA Afghanistan
Layton Crass, KIA Afghanistan
and all the other fallen brothers
...Vengeance will be ours...

Friday, August 22, 2008

August Update on Jake

I was able to talk to Jake again (8/21). He had just returned from a lengthy mission. He was in good spirits especially since when he got back to base they had received mail in a supply convoy and there were several packages from friends and family. He again asked me to pass on his gratitude and apologize for not being able to do it personally. The region is a hornets nest of taliban activity and they are being engaged regularly. As has been already mentioned in the media, the 2/7 Marines have been extended 30 days and seemed ok with that. Please include in your prayers Jake's comrades Cpl. Anthony G. Mihalo, 23, of Naperville, Ill. and Lance Cpl. Juan Lopez-Castaneda, 19, of Mesa, Ariz. who were KIA last week.

We spent a lot of time talking about the Olympics and world news. He is totally removed from any kind of outside news sources. His sister told him about Brett Favre and he was stunned. I told him about Michael Phelps, Shawn Johnson and the Redeem Team's trials and successes and he was delighted.

He wanted to know the current and surrounding events with the Russia-Georgia situation. He had no idea it was going on so he had a lot of questions.

He said he was finally able to be around when there was outbound mail collected and he threw in a thumbdrive with some current pictures, so I will put some up when we get them.

I have a favor to ask of Jake's friends, I have a friend's son who is competing in a contest and is asking for support. His name is Dillon Morely

A little about Dillon ... Dillon is in 6th grade in Moline Illinois. He does a lot of things with his brother who has Downs Syndrome and spends some time helping out special Olympics..

Dillon passion is racing and he has been doing it for 3 years , right now is 10th out of 37 in the Midwest under the route 66 series ,, and # 2 at his home track in Delmar Iowa... ( but only a few points away from 1st ) ...he helps out by taking care of his kart and is always concerned about how much this is costing. He acts older then his age.

Please click on the link below. 8 videos will appear ... Dillon's video says,,,," Dillon's Go Kart" or something similar. Please highlight all 5 stars till they turn red and then click on #5 star.
He is a good kid and we would both appreciate your support.

Here is the link