Family, friends, and sometimes even troops themselves send I-Report salutes nearly every day to U.S. military serving their country away from home. Take a look below as family and friends share stories of the troops they love.
Friday, February 1, 2008
'I am so thankful to have him home!'


My husband, Sgt Trymain Rivero, just came home this Wednesday, January 30th. He was on a 6 month deployment which included stops in Bangladesh, Iraq, Kuwait, Dubai, Malta, Spain, Africa, and Israel. It is a tradition in military towns that wives make signs for homecoming and hang them on the fence or the garage. My husband and I love to play Scrabble, so I made him this sign and this is him standing next to it the day he got home! It took about 40 hours to hand paint, but he loved it. I just want him to know how much I love him and support him. I am so thankful to have him home!

-- Melody Rivero of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
Although I am against war in general, and the current wars in particular, I respectfully bow to the young men and women of the Coalition Forces, who are serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, or anywhere there is combat.

You are all the right age to be my own kids. I never had kids, but I feel maternal nevertheless.

It is always the young who are sent by their elders, to do things which may or may not be possible... which are unimaginable to civillians.

Your courage, honour, loyalty, determination, hard work, and willingness to sacrifice your limbs, liberty, or lives, is extraordinary. I salute you. I wish you all safe return to your homes.

May your countries serve you as well as you have served them, when your tours of duty are over. My specialty in psychology is post-traumatic stress. I hope you get the help you are going to need. (I was there, when the men and women came back from Viet Nam. How they were received was criminal. I lived in the USA for 40 of my 46 years. though I am British.)

With prayers for your safety, and for a swift end to these wars,

yours humbly,

Uma
http://www.trinivoice.blogspot.com/

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