My daughter Erin is married to Sgt Sam Nichols, USMC. Sam is 22 (birthday is August 12) and has been married to Erin for 4 years. On July 24th 2007, Sam (on his second tour of Iraq) was riding in a convoy North of Baghdad when his Humvee was hit by an IED (Improvised Explosive Device). Three Marines were killed in the explosion. Among his many physical injuries which I will discuss later, Sam is in a coma.
On Friday, Erin and Sam’s brother Donny flew to Germany to be with him and accompany him back to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. My other daughter Allison, Sam’s brother Marty and Sam’s parents flew to Bethesda on Sunday to meet Sam’s flight from Germany.