Sunday, January 4, 2009

Wounded Warriors

First of all, thank you to everyone that is showing support to my brother and me during our time away from family and friends.

I wanted to make sure that all of you are aware of the different organizations and people that help to take care of our wounded Warriors here in Germany. I was contacted by MaryAnn Phillips, Vice President, Warrior Medical Support Europe from while I was here in Landstuhl for my recovery. She is someone that follows the blog and found out that I was here in Germany and made an effort to say hello. The people from are helping here in the building that I am living by stocking and supplying a small kitchen with food and drinks that help to break the norm around here. We are very thankful for what they do.

I also want to mention the USO, For those that do not know it is, they are an organization that funded soley on generous donations and the volunteering of people that care. They have a great center here that is treating the soldiers great. They being in food, give us a place ot hang out, watch movies, call home for free, and use computer and wireless connections for those of us that are lucky enough to have laptops. They also provide trips to soldiers to help get out of the barracks and see a different part of the world. Some these trips are funded out of pocket from caring people that just want to help our wounded brothers and sister feel more comfortable see that others care about them. The USO is also what brings celeberties and entertainers to Iraq and Afghanistan to entertain us.

I encourae you all to please take a look at the organizations and tell them thank you for what they for they do and if you can, give a small donation to show you care. I promise that after what I have seen here, I will be showing more support to my USO and people like

I have to say that the people here are treating us great and do all they can to make us comfortable while we wait for a trip home or back to our units in Iraq or Afghanistan. I have not taken advantage of the trips or the sightseeing yet and it does not look like I am going to. I am still recovering and trying to get used to the changes that my body is having to go through. I am having to get used to eating different. After I eat, it is kind of hard for me to do much because I guessm y system is still getting used to having parts missing.

I return to the doctor on Mon for my checkup and we will see what they brings me.

Mom sent an email asking what we did for Christmas and New Years. Well, for me, nothing. Absolutley nothing. I sat in a room alone and watched TV for a while and then went to bed.

I can tell you that this year I plan on completely stopping smoking and dipping. I am not smoking now, but I am still dipping and I plan giving it up really soon for good.

For those that are praying people, I ask that you pray me, my wife, and my brother. We have some unspoken requests and we could all really use the prayers.

I am sorry that I do not have much to write about that is exciting, but the focus of this post is to ask you all to please check out and They are really do a lot for the troops and I think they deserve a look by everyone.

I hope that all had a great Christmas and New Years.

Notice how this time it was not all about Tessa. Did you think I was not going to post on here and not mention her?? You have to be crazy if you think I was not going to throw in there how AMAZING she is how supportive she is to me.

I love you all and thank you for the support that you are showing us.


Anonymous said...

This post said more than you probably realize. Letting us know who is assisting in other countries to help our soldiers to find comfort in a time of recovery without family close by ..... that really means a lot.
I will check out the sites mentioned and hope to be able to show a little support to those who are assisting our injured soldiers.
Sorry to hear you did not have - what sounds to be - a good day for Christmas or New Years but there is always the future.
Keeping you and your family in my prayers always.

Anonymous said...

I, too, will check out the sites you mentioned and show my support to both.

You two brothers, those serving with you, and your families will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

Blessings to you in the New Year!

MaryAnn said...

Haha - just like a Soldier to mention the food first!

It was good meeting you, John. Hope everything is going well.

Hugs from Germany,