Two Families Bound Together in Tragedy Support One Another

January 20, 2008 at 9:04 pm | In Uncategorized by admin
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Sgt. Jacob Blaylock, left, and Sgt. Brandon Wallace pose for a photo in Iraq in 2006.

Sgt. Jacob Blaylock, left, and Sgt. Brandon Wallace pose for a photo in Iraq in 2006.
(J.B. Forbes/P-D)

Just two weeks before they were to return home from Iraq, Sgt. Brandon Wallace volunteered to take Sgt Jacob Blaylock’s (a close friend’s) place riding in front of a convoy. Moments later Sgt Wallace was killed. Sgt Jacob Blaylock carried guilt for his friends death until December 9, 2007 when he killed himself.

The two families meet on January 12, 2008 when Sgt Blaylock’s family returned Brandon’s guitar to the Wallace family.

Click <here> to see a slide show detailing the significance of this meeting.

Click <here> for a link to a search of the Post dispatch for related articles.

Click <here> for a link to photos from Brandon’s funeral.

Baseball Gear heading to Iraq & Afghanistan

January 15, 2008 at 9:54 am | In Uncategorized by admin
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St. Louis Cardinals team up with A Soldier’s Wish List to send baseball equipment to Iraq & Afghanistan. Fox 2 St. Louis has the story with video <CLICK HERE>.

See the Video only <CLICK HERE>

Here are some photos from Juliann Najar of A Soldier’s Wish List:

Keith Brooks from Cardinal Care with the items for the troops and Patsy Jackson and Lisa Wood.

Don Biggerstaff (he and his wife Carol operate the Hwy 30 Support The Troops), Ryan Taylor (just returned from Iraq on his second deployment), Lisa Wood (sitting on the side, her son is a Green Baret and one of the first soldiers in ASWL), Patsy Jackson (the secretary of ASWL), Mary Taylor (in front, Ryan Taylor’s mother) who is very glad her son is home.

Patsy Jackson,Lisa Wood,Ryan Taylor and Julieann Najar.

Ryan Taylor at the new Cardinal Stadium with Don Biggerstaff taking video for the troops.


January 11, 2008 at 3:37 pm | In Uncategorized by admin
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The St. Louis VA’s Seamless Transition Program Announces a “WELCOME HOME CELEBRATION” for  Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Service Members and Families.
When:  Saturday 17 May 2008
Where: Archery Field (Next To Science Center Planetarium) Forest Park, St. Louis MO
Time: 1000 to 1400 hours with
Ceremony at 1100

For Details click <HERE> to download Power Point document.

Sponsored By the St. Louis
VA Medical Center

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