Many Soldiers and Marines in need of our prayer

Sam’s current medical status:  If all goes as planned (which doesn’t seem to happen to often), Sam will be be in the operating room today where he will be receiving skin graphs on his thigh and calf where he received shrapnel wounds. He is also scheduled to get his broken arm set sometime this week.  

Promotion day revisited:  I received a phone call from Sam’s squad leader (Sgt. Robles) last week offering his prayers and support for Sam’s recovery.  He and the rest of Sam’s battery are still in Iraq through October.  He sent me some photos and I will occasionally share them with you. I will also share more of what Sgt. Robles said in our phone conversation in another blog entry.  

Sam receiving his sergeants strips in Ramadi

Sam (middle) receiving his Sergeant stripes in Ramadi, Iraq by his squad leader Sgt. Robles (left)

Erin’s plea for prayers for other wounded:  I’ve been receiving emails from people who have loved ones in similar situations as Sam—offering their prayers and support.  It is very humbling to receive these emails.  It is also very easy to go into your own little world of hurt when you have loved ones in pain and forget that there are many others in the same situation.  Erin wrote a comment in this blog to remind us all that there are many wounded Soldiers and Marines out there who also need our prayers: 

Thank you everybody for your continued prayers.  I really can’t ask for more than that.  What I will ask is for your prayers for some of our buddies here at the hospital.  I’ve already mentioned Eddie; he is okay, but we need to pray that gets his sight back.  He was badly burned completely losing one eye, and there is only a 5-10% chance that his other eye will regain function.  Being blind now, Eddie is very scared.  Wow!  He just walked by.  Eddie has a terrific wife, Sam, twin 5 year olds and 1 year old Matthew.

Kevin also needs our prayers.  I don’t know the details of his condition, but I know that he too has a traumatic brain injury in addition to terrible injuries to both legs.  His legs are in traction, and one leg has an incision from his ankle to his groin.  He has a broken arm and seems to go to the O.R. on a daily basis. 

Yesterday we met the family of Jeremy.  He was shot in the head in Iraq on Monday.  The bullet entered through his right temple and exited through the left temple.  As far as I know he’s in an induced coma.  I don’t know anything about his prognosis.  His parents and 2 sisters are here.

Also please pray for our boys in Iraq.  Sam’s battery, Kilo 3/12 comes home in October.  These are Sam’s brothers and many of them we’ve known for over 3 years.  I’ve fed these guys and rubbed there backs as they puked in my toilet.  Please pray for there safe return and that they find ways to deal with there traumatic losses.

I’ve previously mentioned the various charities involved in helping our military in times of crisis.  Many of you have responded back to me that you were indeed going to donate to one or several of these charities.  If there is any silver lining in all of this, it is the awareness that is being created about these organizations and the wonderful work they do.  Please see my “blogroll” to the right for the web links to various military charities that have touched our lives.

Let’s continue to pray for a miracle for Sam.

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3 Responses to Many Soldiers and Marines in need of our prayer

  1. Erin, thank you for sharing about the other soldiers receiving treatment there at Bethesda. I’m sure it is painful for you to dwell on their injuries, in addition to Sam’s. I thank you because sitting here at our computers in our insulated comfort, it is too easy to dismiss the war as ‘someone else’s problem’. We need to be reminded that these young men are just as much our children, spouses, parents and lovers. We must not cower in denial or lose sight of the toll war takes on humanity. What happens to our troops, happens to us….God bless you, Erin. We are here for you and Sam. You are both OUR family.

  2. Erin, I understand your burden to pray for the others who have been injured; this very selfless on your part; when our son received a TBI in Iraq, we went to the BrookeArmyMedicalCenter, and saw some of he most horrific injuries of many soldiers and our hearts broke, and we have not forgotten them! I am still praying for Sam, and I just wanted to stop by and pray for you…I know that this is terribly hard on you, and I am praying for God’s Grace to be bountiful for you, and that He will honor your prayers, diligence, and faithfulness to Sam; that’s just like a Marine’s wife Semper Fi Keep the Faith

    Isaiah 61:1

  3. Julie Neria the "ROTC" mom says:

    Erin is right. I just got back from Bethesda, Maryland after a 2 1/2 week stay. There are many troops who need our prayers. One who wasn’t mentioned that I was really acquainted is Bradley Adams. Brad took an IED blast and had very serious internal injuries. Besides his broken arm and broken leg, he lost many feet of his bowel and is continuing to have severe pain from it. Please add Bradley to your prayers as well.

    Erin and Sam, I pray that the Lord Jesus will bless you and keep you in His tender care. Sam, may he bring us the miracle that you need to overcome your injuries. His hand is upon you, and His healing presence is with you. I love you both so very much.

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