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Letter from Puerto Rico
They Will be Gone
Pray for Our Troops
this section, the emails below are from a friend in Puerto Rico. We
are sharing these with you because of the need of your prayers for all our
young men and women who are in harm's way. They are committed to the
purpose of not only defending the USA and the free world against
terrorism, but also to liberate literally millions of people who are
essentially just like us. The Afghanistans and Iraqis can barely
dream of and hardly conceive of the concepts of 'life, liberty, happiness,
and justice for all' that we (sadly) take for granted as our just due in
life. Diana Benson
I was reading the article "Support our Troops - Fighting
for Freedom" Contributed from Iraq.
page ~ IRAQ 5/19/2005]
In our church last Sunday we received a brother who
just came back from Iraq and we are celebrating our Lord kept him safe and
protected him with his Great Power. We believe our Lord fought his war and
delivered help from heaven to protect him from being touched by the enemy.
We have three fellow Christians fighting the war against the terrorists.
Here we keep praying for our marines, soldiers, airmen
and sailors. As you may know, there are thousands of Puerto Ricans
fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. This week we received the bodies of two
fallen comrades, but we are encouraging our soldiers to fight hard against
our enemies every time we see them leave to the frontlines.
War is not a desirable thing, but anytime we are
requested to defend our way of life, we will go.
W. P. (Puerto Rico)
Today we received news from Afghanistan. One of my neighbors was killed
by a mortar attack. He was dismounting equipment with other fellow
soldiers from a cargo plane (C-130) and they were attacked. He was killed
Today there was a funeral of another Puerto Rican soldier killed in Iraq.
He was also hit by a mortar round while protecting with his body another
soldier that was previously wounded by another mortar round. Last week
there was a funeral of a marine mayor who was also killed in Iraq (his
chopper was hit by some kind of missile).
As you may know, our island is sending our brothers, sons, uncles, fathers
and friends to fight bravely. My family has a great military tradition
since World War II. We've been in the Air Force, Army and US Marine
Corps. None of my family members is been in the Navy. Here we consider a
very noble cause to be in the military, so we feel very proud when our
brothers, sons, cousins and uncles join the US Armed Forces.
We feel very sad when our soldiers are killed in action, but this is the
greatest sacrifice to preserve peace and to defend our way of life.
God bless you and may God protect our brothers, those who are fighting in
the dessert battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan,
W. P. (Puerto Rico)
..Thanks for posting those articles in your web site. It is a great way
to let others know about those young soldiers and all they are doing to
maintain the peace in a world that needs to be freed from terrorists and
from insane leaders that keep their countries under constant oppression
and are also threatening their neighbors....We will keep praying for our
brothers and their families.
W. P. (Puerto Rico)
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Passing of a Generation, Won't Be Long And They Will Be Gone.
From a Military Doctor
I am a doctor specializing in the Emergency Departments of the only two
military Level One-trauma centers, both in San Antonio, TX and they care
for civilian Emergencies as well as military personnel.
San Antonio has the largest military retiree population in the world
living here. As a military doctor, I work long hours and the pay is less
One tends to become jaded by the long hours, lack of sleep, food, family
contact and the endless parade of human suffering passing before you. The
arrival of another ambulance does not mean more pay, only more work.
Most often, it is a victim from a motor vehicle crash. Often it is a
person of dubious character who has been shot or stabbed. With our large
military retiree population, it is often a nursing home patient.
Even with my enlisted service and minimal combat experience in Panama, I
have caught myself groaning when the ambulance brought in yet another
sick, elderly person from one of the local retirement centers that cater
to military retirees. I had not stopped to think of what citizens of this
age group represented.
I saw "Saving Private Ryan." I was touched deeply. Not so much by the
carnage, but by the sacrifices of so many. I was touched most by the scene
of the elderly survivor at the graveside, asking his wife if he'd been a
good man. I realized that I had seen these same men and women coming
through my Emergency Dept. and had not realized what magnificent
sacrifices they had made. The things they did for me and everyone else
that has lived on this planet since the end of that conflict are
Situation permitting, I now try to ask my patients about their
experiences. They would never bring up the subject without the inquiry. I
have been privileged to an amazing array of experiences, recounted in the
brief minutes allowed in an Emergency Dept. encounter. These experiences
have revealed the incredible individuals I have had the honor of serving
in a medical capacity, many on their last admission to the hospital.
There was a frail, elderly woman who reassured my young enlisted medic,
trying to start an IV line in her arm. She remained calm and poised,
despite her illness and the multiple needle-sticks into her fragile veins.
She was what we call a "hard stick." As the medic made another attempt, I
noticed a number tattooed across her forearm. I touched it with one finger
and looked into her eyes. She simply said, "Auschwitz." Many of later
generations would have loudly and openly berated the young medic in his
many attempts. How different was the response from this person who'd seen
Also, there was this long retired Colonel, who as a young officer had
parachuted from his burning plane over a Pacific Island held by the
Japanese. Now an octogenarian, his head cut in a fall at home where he
lived alone. His CT scan and suturing had been delayed until after
midnight by the usual parade of high priority ambulance patients. Still
spry for his age, he asked to use the phone to call a taxi, to take him
home, then he realized his ambulance had brought him without his wallet.
He asked if he could use the phone to make a long distance call to his
daughter who lived 7 miles away. With great pride we told him that he
could not, as he'd done enough for his country and the least we could do
was get him a taxi home, even if we had to pay for it ourselves. My only
regret was that my shift wouldn't end for several hours, and I couldn't
drive him myself.
I was there the night MSgt. Roy Benavidez came through the Emergency Dept.
for the last time. He was very sick. I was not the doctor taking care of
him, but I walked to his bedside and took his hand. I said nothing. He
was so sick, he didn't know I was there. I'd read his Congressional Medal
of Honor citation and wanted to shake his hand. He died a few days later.
The gentleman who served with Merrill's Marauders, the survivor of the
Bataan Death March, the survivor of Omaha Beach, the 101 year old World
War I veteran, the former POW held in frozen North Korea, the former
Special Forces medic - now with non-operable liver cancer, the former Viet
Nam Corps Commander. I remember these citizens.
I may still groan when yet another ambulance comes in, but now I am much
more aware of what an honor it is to serve these particular men and women.
I have seen a Congress who would turn their back on these individuals
who've sacrificed so much to protect our liberty. I see later generations
that seem to be totally engrossed in abusing these same liberties, won
It has become my personal endeavor to make the nurses and young enlisted
medics aware of these amazing individuals when I encounter them in our
Emergency Dept. Their response to these particular citizens has made Me
think that perhaps all is not lost in the next generation.
My experiences have solidified my belief that we are losing an incredible
generation, and this nation knows not what it is losing. Our uncaring
government and ungrateful civilian populace should all take note. We
all remember that we must "Earn this."
Written By CPT. Stephen R. Ellison, M.D. (If you send this story along to
friends, please include the author's name. Thank you!)
A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner.
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Pray for Our Troops
One of our flint knapper friends sent an email to me regarding
praying for our troops.
He is right, this is serious for our nation.
Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform
for us in our time of need.
I ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Amen.
When you read this, please stop for a moment and say
a prayer for our troops around the world.
Remind yourself, your family, your friends & co-workers, to do this daily.
Of all the gifts you could give a US Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine
and others deployed in harm's way, Your time in prayer is the very best
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