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September 11, 2006
James "Gets it off his chest"
Filed in: Current Affairs, Politics, War on Terror

I'm in Tokyo - James sent in the blockquote following a few days ago.

My dear friend is hurting. This venue is one place that he can 'get it off his chest' - that's good.

But I think we should perhaps see this as a measure of sacrifice - what those that serve are willing to do - this man on tour after tour after tour - after taking more bullets last year than we can imagine - and he's still in theatre because he loves you and me more than himself.

Who am I?
Were do I belong?
Why can't I come home and live normal?
Am I insane?
Why do I lust for death?
Am I lost?
Why don't I want to be fixed?
Why does this feel normal?
Is this really MY life?
What am I going to do when my wife leaves?
Why do people think they know or can relate to any of this?
Why don't I want to leave this place?
How can I explain what I've done?
What's next?
Why won't my body stop hurting?
When did hurting others become so easy.
Who am I?

Dearest James, from here - you are my brother, and you have given enough. You have paid more than anyone can ask. Come on home and rest a while.

Friends, when you have a moment, say a prayer for James: true, true American hero.

Godspeed James, Godspeed....



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James,

Words alone can not express my gratitude for all that you have done to serve our country. I would like you to know that there are MANY people like myself who's thoughts and prayers are with you every day.

You asked "Who am I?" and my answer to you is that you are an American Hero.

Thank you for helping to keep my daughters (5 & 7 years old) safe in a troubled world.

If there is EVER anything I can do for you, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Dan S.

Posted by: Dan S. at Sep 11, 2006 11:51:35 AM


Who are you, James? You're a man. You're a son. You're a husband. You're human. You've probably seen things that most of the rest of us would call nightmares. You're not insane. You're strong. I think you're a gentle man. Only a gentle man stands up to protect and care for his fellow man, despite the cost to himself. Mac's right. You deserve to rest a while. Feh ... you're my hero.

Posted by: Diana at Sep 12, 2006 6:30:07 AM

* Who am I?

You are a man who is doing heroic things for his country, humanity, and I believe, God's Kingdom. As Creator, I believe that He'd want His creations free and safe. You're seemingly contributing to that cause.

* Were do I belong?

You most likely belong anywhere you are to do what you must.

* Why can't I come home and live normal?

You chose or were called not to be home, because these are times which require people of higher character and strength, like you.

* Am I insane?

FAR from it. You're thinking and feeeling, asking inportant questions, and you're reflecting... ver in ouch with reality.

* Why do I lust for death?

The truth may be that you love life so much that you'd to put your own life at risk to preserve the lives of other's.

* Am I lost?

It seems to me that you're FAR from lost.

* Why don't I want to be fixed?

Maybe deep inside you know that you're at the right place at the right time and doing the right things? If so, what about YOU needs to be fixed?

* Why does this feel normal?

Maybe it's becuase this is what you've been called and elected to do, and you're answering your calling, and see there's more to do. Anyone who doesn't have questions about their life, their purpose, who doesn't stop to consider their part in life, their past and future, usually isn't 'in touch.' Some need help to question and reflect as you do.

* Is this really MY life?

I've wondered the same, and I best figure if you relate to anyone, dedicate yourself to a cause, love someone and give of yourself, your life CAN'T be totally yours. IF it was totally yours, could it include others and causes?

* What am I going to do when my wife leaves?

Since I don't know of circumstances... IF she leaves, you'll hurt, mourn and will eventually carry on. Perhaps one day you'll look back and understand how it came to be and how you've grown. Maybe you'll fnd it was necessary for it to happen for you ultimately to be happy.

* Why do people think they know or can relate to any of this?

The key is likely "people." ALL of us share common experiences and feelings, though I can't say "I completely understand, Jim" and be totally genuine with you. The best I can do/say, perhaps anyone can do/say, who hasn't lived an identical life to yours, is to respect, empathize with you and share thoughts and well-wishes with you.

* Why don't I want to leave this place?

Maybe you feel that your work isn't done?

* How can I explain what I've done?

Only in the best way that you understand it at any given time, and understand the whole of your life at any given time. We gradually learn what we've done through experiences and the wisdom they yield.

* What's next?

When you know WHEN, you'll know or will be open to embrace or adapt to WHAT'S next.

* Why won't my body stop hurting?

Because your heart and spirit ache?

* When did hurting others become so easy.

Is it that easy? Maybe learn by answering why YOU are hurting? Nothing is "easy."

* Who am I?

"The question" mankind, from the beginning of time has labored, even died, to answer... It's said it's why Adam coaxed Eve to take an apple from the tree of knowledge... to master life. It's the same questions that philosophers dedicate lifetimes to understand, and it seens that no two have yet to completely agree. In part, you are who God made you. In part, you're who your parents shaped your. In part, you are who you consciously chosen to be. In part, you are what you believe, love, what you do and what you feel. We each question the same. I refer my question to Him (our Creator). I pray, quiet my mind, listen and learn. Who we and what are, as long as we live, is in a constant state of change. Life is change.

Thanks for all that you're doing and even thinking, Jim. It's an assurance that we have good men like you to claim as our fellow citizens. May God bless and keep you, and give you peace. - Tom

Posted by: Tom at Oct 18, 2006 7:51:09 AM

Thanks for the boost. Everyone has bad days. On a brighter note, I made it. We are done. I can't believe it's been a year already. We have moved to a safe zone to conduct a week or so a debreifs and then we fly home. Again thanks for the support from everyone. I'm sure you will wanna know details of what took place out here and what progress has been made with the Iraqis. I was amazed how bold the media was in the lies the told about our Iraqi police corruption problems and the measures inforced to stop it. I have alot to share after I get home and rest....

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