Valentine / St. Patrick’s Day Shipment is OUT

January 30, 2011 at 11:38 am | In Uncategorized by admin
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Packing for the Valentine / St. Patrick’s Day Shipment was completed Friday night, January 28, 2011, and the packages were mailed Saturday morning. In total, we had 10 volunteer packers:

Nancy Hart
Les Joyce
Yvette Joyce
Carla Kolb
Cassie Lauberth
George Lauer
Janice Lauer
Kathy Sale
Marti Thruston
Connie Williams

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Front: Carla Kolb (in red), Kathy Sale, Marti Thruston. Back: Nancy Hart, Yvette Joyce, Les Joyce

Some of the special items included this time were homemade cookies courtesy of Diane Wehrle as well as some DVD’s and CD’s.

Homemade Cookies - Diane Wehrle

Some of the DVD's and CD's that were sent.

We ended up with 9 soldiers this time (two of the original 11 were not able to receive packages at this time). They are:

Matthew Freuh
SPC Joshua Gass
CS2(SW) Tony Hart
Lindsey Landrus
SGT Scott Panter
Paul Sale
Lcpl Garrett Shewmaker
CPT Martin Small
Sgt Jacob Wilkes

Each soldier received 3 boxes, Lindsey Landrus received a fourth as she asked for sheets for our wounded troops to use in the ICU where she works. So all together we prepared 28 priority boxes.

28 packages in van arriving at Post Office

Janice Lauer with shipment at the post office.

Mailing the Shipment

We owe a BIG “Thanks” to the employees of the Missouri Ethics Commission who sent a special donation of $128 that they raised in a Denim Day collection.

We had $336.57 left from Christmas, we raised $333.00 in donations, and we spent -$682.40 ($362.60 of this was postage). So the fund is at present depleted:
$336.57 + $333.00 - $682.40 = -$12.83

SrA Lindsey Landrus

January 17, 2011 at 11:07 am | In Uncategorized by admin
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Above is SrA Lindsey Landrus, the newest soldier to be added to our Troop Support network. She is the niece of Nancy Scott who works for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (930 Building).  Lindsey works in the ICU at the Craig Joint Theater Hospital on Bagram Air Base.

Here is how Lindsey described her job in an email to me:

… I help take care of the wounded troops that are on their way to Germany. We take care of all the US Troops along with all coalition forces, the Afghan National Police, and Afghan National Army. We also take care of some of the local nationals that have wounds related to the fighting that is going on over here.

When we get American and Coalition forces they are only here for 72 hours or less. When they get to us, they have already had at least one surgery in the field when we “land” them in the ER they generally go straight to the OR to have their next surgery. Most of the time all lines(IV’s,A-Lines, Central lines) are considered dirty. Once they are all cleaned up and all lines replaced we get them in the ICU. A lot of our patients are missing limbs, have GSW, or are TBI(traumatic brain injuries). As soon as we can get them a flight, a CATT(Critical Air Transport Team) comes and picks them up for their flights to Germany.

In an email to her aunt, Nancy Scott, Lindsey also wrote:

I went to a fallen comrade ceremony yesterday. It was, I can’t even think of the right word to describe it. There were five hero’s being transported home after being killed in action the night before. We all formed up in a formation at the foot of the plane and saluted as the caskets were carried by. It was very hard to keep my military bearing. Knowing that these young men will never see their family’s again. I really appreciate the military customs at a time like that. There was so much respect for those fallen, exactly how it should be. The sound of the boots hitting the pavement as the soldiers quick marched with the casket is something that I don’t think I’ll ever forget. I’m okay with that. I’m okay with always remembering those who are fallen for my freedom and the freedom of my family.

Going to that kinda makes you want to work harder, we don’t really have to deal with the deaths of our men too often. Even if someone is terminal, they keep them alive,on life support, until their families can say goodbye to them in Germany. Its also makes me angry that we couldn’t save them, along with putting into perspective what we do. I feel so bad for the guys that come through here missing arm or legs, or both, but they are alive and that’s what counts. If I feel that bad for them, I can hardly imagine what is going through their heads.

Lindsey asks that we send flat sheets (twin size, any color) she says they go through these like crazy.

Fallen Patriot – Sgt. 1st Class Robert Wayne Pharris

January 14, 2011 at 8:20 pm | In Uncategorized by admin
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Below from News-Leader.com, Springfield, Missouri:

The body of Sgt. 1st Class Robert Wayne Pharris came back to southwest Missouri on Friday.

Pharris’ son Benjamin, a Marine corporal, accompanied his father’s coffin on the plane that flew from Dover Air Force base into Springfield.

During the Honorable Transfer ceremony at the Missouri National Guard Aviation Classification Repair Activity Depot, soldiers, family, members of the Patriot Guard, and other citizens stood at attention as Pharris’ coffin was taken to the hearse.

Pharris, 48, of Seymour, Mo., died Jan. 5, of wounds suffered at Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan when insurgents attacked his unit with a bomb. As an agriculture specialist with Missouri Agri-Business Development Team, Pharris urged farmers in Afghanistan to adopt more effective ways to grow crops.

Pharris had previously served as an infantryman, drill sergeant and recruiter. He rejoined the Missouri Army National Guard in 2008.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Seymour Church of the Nazarene, 354 North Main Street in Seymour.

Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Seymour Church of the Nazarene.
Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery.

By order of the Governor, all flags at all State and government offices will be flown at half-staff, in Webster County only, from Sunday, January 16, 2011, until dusk on Saturday, January 22, 2011 in memory of Sergeant First Class Robert Wayne Pharris, who died while serving his country in Afghanistan.

Also by order of the Governor, all flags at all government buildings statewide will be flown at half-staff for one full day on Sunday, January 16, 2011, from sunrise until sunset in memory of Sergeant First Class Robert Wayne Pharris.

Governor’s Proclamation – Click to View.

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