hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they
protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts
perform for us in our time of need. I ask this in the name of Jesus, our
Lord and Savior. Amen."
I would like to share a story. Twelve years
ago, a man that lives in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, USA, served our country in the Persian Gulf War. His name
is Greg Timme. Greg and his wife Wanda do alot for veterans, from raising money for various causes, to whatever needs to be
done to help our vets. I would like to share a quote from Greg.
"I'd like to tell you, as a Gulf War Veteran, that I too(along with many of
my shipmates) found it to be very uplifting, spiritually, to get letters from
people we didn't know. It was knowing that there were people back home that supported us that helped us get through the
Today, Wanda and Greg are
awaiting the news that their son, Gregory Timme, who serves our country in the Navy, as did his father, has arrived
in Kuwait. They may not even know until after he is already there. Please join me in sending them prayers for the safety of
their son, as well as for the safety of each and every member of our military, no matter the branch.
Please click on either of the links below to find out how you can send
support, letters, care packages, etc. to our troops.
|GREGORY TIMME, PROUDLY SERVING IN THE U.S. NAVY
November 25, 2004
Today is Thanksgiving Day, and most of us are celebrating with family and friends. Most of us.
Some of us are in another country, thousands of miles from home and family. Think about that for a moment as you are
warm and comfortable. It is due to our brave men and women in the military that you are able to enjoy this day. They put their
lives on the line so that you and I can enjoy the day to day freedoms and activities that we so easily take for granted. With
this in mind, I would like to ask that you send a donation to a military orginization before Christmas. Send a card to a service
member. Do something, anything, to reach out to those serving in our military this holiday season.
You use the links on this page to find more ways to help.
Please send a letter or Christmas card to Gregory L. Timme. He is currently stationed in Afghanastan. His address is
This is a picture of Lieutenant Colonel Mark T. Aycock, Commanding Officer of the 1st Radio Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps.
Mark is the brother of my friend and co-worker, Jamie Blanton. Mark is currently on the front lines, and Jamie would like
for everyone to pray for him and all of our other military personel who are serving in Iraq and Kuwait. This picture of Mark
was taken last year in Kuwait during Operation Enduring Freedom.
|MARK T. AYCOCK
|LT. COLONEL, US MARINE CORPS, COMMANDING OFFICER, 1ST RADIO BATTALION
|LCpl,Joel Reinesch, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines
|Currently believed to be in Iraq.
The above picture is of Joel Reinesch, who is the boyfriend of Jessica Aycock. Jessica's father, Mark, is also pictured
here. Joel enlisted in the USMC two weeks before the September 11th terrorist attacks. He pushed up his date to go to boot
camp by about three months as a result. Joel is originally from South Dakota, where his mom, sister, and two nephews live. It
is believed that Joel is in Baghdad right now. He was deployed on January 30, 2003.
|Daniel Allain, United States Army
Daniel Allain is the cousin of Jessica Aycock, nephew of Jamie Blanton. He is in the United States Army. Daniel
has a wife, Evelyn, and a baby boy, Dominic, living with his mom in Upper Michigan.
|Prayers for the Military
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN SUPPORT OUR TROOPS:
Donate a calling card to help keep servicemembers in touch with their families at Operation Uplink at http://www.operationuplink.org/
Send a greeting via e-mail through Operation Dear Abby at http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/ or www.OperationDearAbby.net
Make a donation to one of the military relief societies:
Army Emergency Relief at http://www.aerhq.org/
Navy/Marine Relief Society at http://www.nmcrs.org/
Air Force Aid Society at http://www.afas.org/
Coast Guard Mutual Assistance at http://www.cgmahq.org/
Donate to"Operation USO Care Package" at http://www.usometrodc.org/care.html
Support the American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services at http://www.redcross.org/services/afes/
Volunteer at a VA Hospital to honor veterans who bore the lamp of freedom in past conflicts.
|Wounded Heroes Tribute Page|
|CaringBridge and Fisher House stands in unity and support with courageous U.S. military
personnel. Access the Wounded Heroes Guestbook to write a message of encouragement for any hero wounded in the line of duty. |
|Messages in the Wounded Heroes Guestbook are viewed by wounded soldiers, their loved ones, and
the general public.|
|`Gifts From the Homefront' Certificates Available |
DALLAS (Army News Service, March 25, 2003) Americans can now boost the morale and well-being
of deployed soldiers with "Gifts From the Homefront" CertifiChecks for post exchanges.
new PX gift certificates are the result of a partnership between the Army and Air Force Exchange Service and CertifiChecks,
America's hometown gift certificate resource center.
Sending CertifiChecks is a way for people
to show their support of service members, according to AAFES officials. CertifiChecks are redeemable for merchandise at all
AAFES PX and base exchanges throughout the world. Details are available to anyone via the AAFES Web site, www.aafes.com, and by phone at 1-877-770-GIFT (4438). More
I WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO TIE A YELLOW RIBBON AROUND A TREE OR ON A FENCE IN YOUR YARD.
IT IS ONE SMALL THING THAT WE CAN DO TO SHOW OUR SUPPORT!
|"MY DADDY IS A HERO!"
|Picture downloaded from the Associated Press website
|. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Mike Heffner)
A. J. Anderson wipes his eye in front of a fence of yellow ribbons hung in support of troops deployed overseas for
Iraqi Freedom during a ceremony at Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Va. Wednesday, March 26, 2003. Thefive-year old's
father is Lt. Col. Brian Anderson, commander of the 11th Transportation Battalion, which forward deployed from Fort Story
earlier this year to Kuwait.
God Bless Our Troops. This guy is from Las Vegas..His letter was published
in the Las Vegas newspaper on Friday and
received an amazing response......
A California mother whose son is right now in Kuwait poised to knock Saddam's
block off, wrote her son asking how he would feel if she joined other relatives of service members in an anti-war demonstration in Hollywood
last month. After reading her son's response, she elected not to participate.
your decision to march if you want to or not.
You are the one who has to decide if what we are doing out here is right or
not. My opinion is not yours.
I do, however, have things I would like for you and Grandma and everyone else
at home to know.
I am a United States soldier.
I was sworn to defend my country against all enemies, foreign
People may not agree with the things we are ordered to do. I would like to address those people
by telling them that terrorism is not only a threat to us as Americans, but to many other innocent people in the world.
type of country would we be if we didn't defend the rights and freedoms of others, not because they're Americans, but how
about just because they're human?
We live in a country where people feel secure with their daily lives.
do business like usual and don't worry about the thought of terrorism actually happening to them.
of 9-11 thought the same thing.
We now know that it can happen to anyone at any time.
Yet as Americans we're
afraid of losing our soldiers to defend our security.
I can only speak for myself when I say that my life is an
easy expense to ensure that my family and friends can live in peace.
I strongly believe in what we are doing
and wish you were here to see for yourselves the honor and privilege that American soldiers aboard this ship are feeling,
knowing that we are going to be a part of something so strong and so meaningful to the safety of our loved ones.
you would know what this potential war is about.
We will stand tall in front of terrorism and defeat it.
soldiers are not afraid of what may happen.
We are only afraid of Americans not being able to understand why we are here.
ask for your courage as Americans to be strong for us; I ask for your understanding in what we believe is right.
ask for your support in what we are sworn to do: defend our country and the life of all.
We will succeed in our task
and will end the threat of terrorism in our back yard.
We will also end the threat of terrorism in our neighbors'.
have to remind ourselves of what this country stands for: life, liberty and justice for all. In order to maintain those rights
we have to stop the threat of terrorism. I am proud to be here. I will be coming home, but not until I know that it's going
to be safe for all Americans and for everyone I love.
My family is first.
My country is where they live.
I will defend it.
Lonnie J. Lewis
C Co. 1/4 WPN PLT
FPO AP 966139726
P.S. Mom, please send this to everyone
who has a hard time understanding why we are here. Ask the paper to put what I've said in a column so that others will
know why we are here and what we are here for. I love you all
and will be home soon. I left my address so
that if anyone
feels like writing to let me know how they feel, they can.