Sam’s medical status: Nothing new to report today except that yesterday Sam had a very quiet day—no poking or prodding by the medical staff. All his vital signs are normal. It also gave Erin a little time to relax because she is right there with the medical staff when there is anything happening with Sam.
Marine Brothers: It’s interesting—you hear so much about the brotherhood of the Marines. I’ve heard from a few Marines in Sam’s squad and I’ve shared some of the nice things they’ve said about him. I have no doubt the Marines in his squad consider him their brother. These young men rely on each other and in some cases, die for each other. I can’t even fathom the bonds these young men create and I can’t even fathom what they go through on a daily basis in Iraq!
Fraternal Brothers: One thing that has always impressed me about Sam has been the relationship he has with his “real” brothers Donny and Marty. I remember the first time I saw them together, I was really taken aback by the way they treated each other—hugging each other and saying “I love you!” in front of everyone. I originally thought they were just kidding around, but that is really how they treat one other! So I guess it wasn’t a big stretch for Sam to move from being a brother to Donny and Marty to a brother to all his Marine buddies.
The next time you see a Marine, don’t ask him what it’s like being in a war, just thank him for serving his country. These young men are all volunteers and they have something inside that drives them to serve their country in a way that most of us would never even consider. See the quote below—
Thank you Sam for your service to our country. And to all you guys in Kilo battery who are still serving in Iraq—thank you for your service, and we pray for your safe return.
For Honor, For Courage, For Country
The Few, the Proud, the Marines