New Year 2008: A Time To Reflect & Remember
January 1, 2008
As we start off the year 2008, I think it’s a wonderful time to reflect and remember. To think about the accomplishments that our Troops have made in Iraq and Afghanistan and the great things they’ve done in both countries. It’s also a time to remember. To remember those who willingly stood up to serve our country and to remember those who lost their lives in service to our country. I’d like to highlight some of the things that we’ve covered here over the past year. I encourage you to look back over the stories I’ll be linking to below, as well as some of the others we posted over the past year. You can find them in the monthly archives links in the sidebar.
I began writing here at A Soldiers Mind in January. It’s been an interesting experience and one I hope that our reader’s have enjoyed as much as I have. I’m looking forward to another great year of sharing with our readers about the accomplishments of our Troops.
On January 29th, we featured the news of the opening of the state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility, The Center For The Intrepid at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
February 2007: We had several exciting things occurring at A Soldiers Mind this month.
Bruce Crandall was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Bush, for actions he took during the Vietnam War.
I shared about the actions of medics in Afghanistan, that saved the life of a pregnant woman and her unborn child, after the 9 months pregnant woman was shot in the abdomen by insurgents.
We shared our views about the media refusing to cover the rebuilding efforts in Iraq, one of the things that is top priority here at A Soldier’s Mind.
We introduced our reader’s to efforts being made to ensure more safety for our Troops, by utilizing robots to sniff out bombs.
We shared the news of the honoring, so rightly deserved, by the Tuskegee Airmen. A honor they should have received years ago.
We told you about the memorial planned to honor Navy SEAL Danny Dietz and the controversy surrounding this memorial in Denver.
We discussed how Iraqi citizens were cooperating with our Troops in order to make their neighborhoods safer for themselves and their families.
We told you about how the actions of one of our Soldiers was recognized and awarded by another country’s government, due to events that occurred while he was in Afghanistan, fighting alongside his German counterparts.
We shared our outrage over some of our Troops having to fight for custody of their children after returning from deployment and a bill that had been introduced to protect their custody rights.
We reminded our readers on Memorial Day, the importance of remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country, and how we needed to remember it’s meaning, that’s it is not just “time off” from work to party with friends.
We shared the story of a young Soldier who suffers from a Traumatic Brain Injury and how he’s using his experience to inspire others with similar injuries.
We shared our disgust and outrage at the horrific images of Iraqi orphans whom US Troops found living in horrible conditions.
We remembered Fallen Hero, Sgt Mike Stokely when we told about the 1st Annual Ride To Remember, that was organized by his father, Robert Stokely and the wonderful things he hoped to accomplish in honor of Mike.
We introduced you to Marcus Luttrell and his story of the Lost Heroes of Navy SEAL Team 10 in his book Lone Survivor.
We introduced our readers to Major Scott Southworth and his adopted son Ala’a and his desire to help the Iraqi orphans we talked about in June.
We shared about the progress of the Surge in Iraq, as Tribal Leaders joined forces with each other and our Troops in Diyala provice Iraq to combat the insurgency.
We introduced you to Josh Revak, an Iraq War Wounded Warrior, who honored his fallen comrades through his music.
We told you about the difficulties our Troops face in Afghanistan and Iraq, as they combat an enemy who not only use innocent civilians, but often times disguise themselves as innocent civilians.
We told you about the Balboa Project and how it helps to return Wounded Warriors return to the workforce.
We shared the story about a US Soldier who is working to make things better for Iraqi children.
We shared two letters written by 2 different US Soldiers and why they feel it is necessary that our Troops are allowed to finish the job they started in Iraq.
We shared with our readers the story of a team of Wounded Warriors led by Major David Rozelle, who competed in the Army 10 Miler.
We shared the findings of the Presidentâ€™s Commission on Care for Americaâ€™s Returning Wounded Warriors and their recommendations for improving military and veteran healthcare, following the scandal at Walter Reed.
We shared the story of a Gold Star Father who turned his grief over the loss of his son in Iraq, to advocacy for the war efforts in Iraq.
We shared our outrage over the vandalism of the Vietnam Memorial.
We brought you the news about the jury award to a father of a fallen hero, who filed suit against the Westboro Baptist Church, for spreading their hatred at his son’s funeral.
We told you how our Troops continue to reenlist despite the fact that our country is currently fighting two wars, in Iraq and Afghanistan.
We told you about Navy SEAL Lt Michael Murphy’s posthumus award of the Medal of Honor, for his actions in Afghanistan.
We brought you the story of the twice wounded Army Medic who despite her injuries, chose to remain in Afghanistan with her fellow Soldiers and to complete her deployment.
We told the inspirational story of the last graduating class in the small town of Spade, Texas and how they honored a Korean War Veteran, by asking him to graduate with them, as he’d dropped out of school to serve in the military during the Korean War.
We told you how our Troops worked closely with Iraqi officials to preserve history by helping to restore and reopen the National Museum of Iraq.
We honored our Heroes on Veteran’s Day by reflecting on what their service means to our country and sharing Hank Brake’s song, Thank You.
We talked about our anger over the impasse in Congress over Defense Department funding and how that could impact not only military families but millions of civilian workers across the globe.
We talked about the accomplishments of Marty’s unit, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division in Diyala province Iraq, as they brought stability to the province and helped to create jobs, concerned citizens groups in the region and how they continued their mission despite the heavy losses their brigade received.
We shared the wonderful news of a woman’s shelter that opened in Afghanistan, to help women who are victims of domestic violence in the country, or those displaced due to the war in Afghanistan.
We told you about the Army’s Wounded Warrior Project and how it is designed to provide support for the Wounded Warriors and their families for as long as that support is needed.
That’s my recap of the year 2007. 2007 has been full of many accomplishments for our Troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan. While we celebrate those accomplishments, we need to always remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for those accomplishments. As we begin 2008, I’m looking forward to continuing to keep our readers in the know, as to the continuing hard work, dedication and pride that our Troops exhibit each and every day.