Sam’s medical status: I wanted to make some clarifying remarks about Sam’s progress. The wording of the “Sam’s current status” box on right column of this web blog has not changed since I initially wrote it on August 2nd. We have been seeing many small improvements, like some eye, lip and leg movement over the past three weeks, but—I just want to ensure you know the reason we are praying so ardently for a miracle is because that is exactly what we need for Sam to recover. So—continue pray without ceasing!
Sam’s Squad Leader: Sometimes an email is ok to pass information along to someone. But occasionally it really takes a phone call to express the emotion of a certain situation. I received a phone call like that a few days ago from Sam’s squad leader in Iraq (Sgt. Robles). He emailed me first and asked if I could give him my phone number and I of course obliged. Sgt. Robles wanted to express to Erin and all Sam’s family and friends that the guys in his platoon in Iraq are pulling for him. Sgt. Robles said, many nights in Iraq when they were are all sitting round in the field, Sam would go on and on about about his Erin. Sgt Robles wanted us to pass on a message to Sam because he knows Sam can hear what we are saying to him—and he expressed it only as a Marine could:
“Sam, we are praying that you will come through for everyone because we need you a lot. Don’t quit now because you already put up one hell of a fight brother. I still need you to keep these young Marines squared away.”
Sgt Robles further went on to say that he was also injured by the same IED and as they were being evacuated (even though Sam was unconscious), he kept telling Sam,
“you’re going to be all right Sam and you are on your way home to be where you belong with Erin.”
Thank you Sgt. Robles for the phone call, the email and the pictures. I know they will be keepsakes. We are all praying for you Marines.