Sept 26, 2007
Most of the troops that come in to the WWMC tell me they no longer watch the news. After my visit to the wards today to deliver pillows I now really have an understanding about why our contacts ask me not to listen to the news.
I turned off the news about two years ago. Other than local happenings, what I happen to hear on the radio or what Brian or our contacts tell me about, I just don’t know about it. There are several reasons behind it, but I know while in Bosnia that a group of people could be in the same area and all could witness the same action and then there will be the media spin. We used to watch the news crews do a report and wonder how they could say what they did. I find it interesting to hear what other countries and their countrymen have to say about the U.S. and our people. The news tells us that our president stands alone in his beliefs, but today I found out the very strong beliefs of a Romanian. Holly, another volunteer and I dragged two very large bags of pillows up to the wards to distribute. The pillows were all patriotic in nature. I introduced myself and asked him if he would like a handmade pillow. He said he would. I asked him if there was a particular pillow from our bags that he saw that he liked. He choose one right away. He wanted the one with the American flag all over it. He took it and said this would remind him of his brothers in arms. He said it with such gusto and pride that you wanted to stand at attention. He said that it was a small item but his sisters, (American sisters) had made it for him and he was proud to have it. He told me that when the towers fell he was extremely pissed off. He said that this was not an attack against one country, but many. He said that he has felt love and care since being at LRMC. That he has been well taken care of. His leg was extremely messed up but he said that he wants to go back now to be with his brothers in arms and take out those $%^#. I told him that he had to get well first and then fight the battle another day. But he said “NO.” He wants to go back now, that he is very determined and very strong and can do what needs to be done. I could not believe the determination and dedication in this man who was not a U.S. citizen, who’s country was not attacked, who lost no family members on 9-11, who had never visited the United States. I stood at the foot of this man’s bed and thought to myself how can members of our own country be ready to forget and ignore the happenings of today and yet this man is determined to fight a battle that was not waged on his soil? He thanked us several times for the pillow and for clothing he received from the WWMC and told me his family will be coming in tomorrow. I am so glad to know that this man was fighting along side our troops. I have no doubt that they were well taken care of with him by their side.
I also meet a young man outside today that you might not have spoken to if you were a normal human being. But I have been told that I am a little strange and not in the normal range. He was sitting at the bus stop. There was a large crowd out there, but no one was talking to him. They were all in their own conversations laughing and joking. Then I noticed he was twitching. His head, his arm, his leg all at different times were going and going. I asked him how his day was going, not if he was all right and he said he had better ones. I told him that we all go through our good and bad days. He told me that he had been hit by an IED and ever since then he has been twitching. They are now sending him back to the States to find out why. This kid is not going back to Walter Reed, but to a VA hospital for treatment. Now you want to hear the amazing part. He is 27, married, and he and his wife are foster parents. He and his wife have adopted four of their foster children, because they did not think they could have children. Then they found out she was pregnant. He says the most amazing part is to go into Wal-mart and have the foster kids he did not adopt come up to him and see how much they have grown and have them say “Hi, Mr. xxx.” He says the worse part of the IED blast is not the blast but that everyone now looks at him like he is crazy. Think about it. How many times have you walked past someone that was had a head tick or was jerking an arm and did not speak to them because YOU felt uncomfortable? Can you imagine how THEY must feel? I told him to give that wife of his a really big hug for the wonderful gift she gave those kids. I gave him a big hug and told him that he was an amazing young man and I was very proud of him and that I hoped that the twitching went away quickly for him. We have over 100 members and adding this young man to your prayer list tonight would not hurt in sending up 100 new prayers for him and his wife.
Today I worked 12 hours thanks to Sheri Farmer and her contribution to my trip.