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My son is back in the Middle East for this third tour. He is in the Air Force and will be there either 6-8 months.

We have talked twice on the telephone since he arrived and several times by email. Everything is going okay for now.


I am probably in worse shape than he is. Seems unfair to me that they have to keep going back and back and back. His time will be up a couple of months after he arrives back in the states, he is planning on enrolling in college.

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Arklatex, I agree, one or two times over there should be enough for any of them. I have a nephew who will be going back for the third time in Jan.


Our DS is over there and has a couple months to go before coming home. I haven't talked to him in a while but he talks to his wife more.

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Oh my, I know your nerves must be shot. At least we have e-mail and faster phone service than the wives and mothers had during viet nam. I'm able to even IM my son every now and then when it's night time in Iraq. My son is 22 yr old and in the Air Force too, but he's still working on his first tour of duty. My prayers go out to you for the safe return of your son, along with ALL of our sons.

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thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. Was listening to news last night about not letting our boys come home when its time and sending them back earlier.


My son says that a large number of his friends that are married are getting a divorce because they are never home. On top of all the other problems that this "police action" is causing, it is so sad that so many homes are being destroyed.

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It takes a special kind of woman to be a military wife. This poem is so true, and every military man deserves a woman like this standing behind him:


The Military Wife


The good Lord was creating a model for military wives and was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared. She said," Lord, you seem to be having a lot of trouble with this one. What's wrong with the standard model?"


The Lord replied," Have you seen the specs on this order? She has to be completely independent, possess the qualities of both mother and father, be a perfect hostess for four to 40 with an hour notice, run on black coffee, handle every emergency imaginable without a manual, be able to carry on cheerfully, even if she is pregnant and has the flu, and she must have six pair of hands."


The angel shook her head. "Six pair of hands? No way!"

The Lord continued. "Don't worry, we will make other military wives to help her. And we will give her an unusually strong heart so it can swell with pride in her husbands achievements, sustain the pain of separation, beat soundly when it is overworked and tired, and be large enough to say, "I understand" when she doesn't and "I love you" regardless.

"Lord," said the angel, touching his arm gently, "Go to bed and get some rest. You can finish this tomorrow."


"I can't stop now," Said the Lord. "I am so close to creating something unique. Already this model heals herself when she is sick, can put up six unexpected guests for the weekend, wave good-bye to her husband from a pier, a runway or a depot, and understand why it's important that he leave."

The angel circled the model of the military wife, looked at it closely and sighed.


"It looks fine, but it's too soft."

"She may look soft," replied the Lord, "but she had the strength of a lion. You would not believe what she can endure." Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the Lord's creation. "There's a leak," she announced. "Something is wrong with the construction. I'm not surprised that it has cracked. You are trying to put too much into this model."


The Lord appeared offended at the angel's lack of confidence. "What you see is not a leak," he said. "It's a tear." "A tear? What is it there for?" asked the angel.

The Lord replied, "It's for joy, sadness, pain, disappointment, loneliness, pride and dedication to all the values that she and her husband hold dear."

"You are a genius!" exclaimed the angel.

The Lord looked puzzled and replied, "I didn't put it there."


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