About 3 weeks ago, I got an email from one of my e-pals, Steve, to let me know that he will be heading home in a couple of days. I had asked him to please let me know when he arrived home. He promised me he would.
Needless to say, I didn't hear from him till today. I had forwarded him a joke and he wrote back...I wish I was writing to say I was finally home. I guess the President was so impressed with the job we did in Mosul for a year, decided to extend our tour and send our unit down to baghdad.
Steve is not sure when they will be home now. He asked for prayers that they will not have to spend another Christmas in Iraq.
I can't imagine how they are feeling. They were just 5
days away from coming home and then they got the rug pulled out from under them and were sent to Baghdad. Families were getting ready for their homecoming, the unit was pretty much all packed up, and their job was finished where they were. I understand there is always the possibility of the tour getting extended because there is a job to do. What I don't understand is why does the government wait till a unit is just days away from going home?
My heart breaks for the families. Children, wives, husbands, moms, dads, brothers, and sisters all looking forward to their loved ones finally coming home, only to have the rug pulled out from under them too when they are told that their loved ones aren't coming home yet.
I need to get Steve's new address to send him and his unit something to try and cheer them up. The only thing that will truly cheer them up would be to come home. But it won't hurt to try and send them a little cheer and extra support.
Please keep them in your prayers that they will be home soon.