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I don’t even know what category to put this under. I have spent almost five hours at the V.A. today, endeavoring to ‘fix’ my broken child.

 My son is now 29. He went away from my home at 19 strong, brave, healthy, intelligent and whole. He has come home eleven years later broken. He has post traumatic stress disorder. This can cover anything from severe sleep disorders, (he stays awake three days at a time when memories flood in), to short term memory loss, anxiety in crowds or stores. In so many small areas I can see how he is different than when he left our home to join the military. He absolutely loved being a soldier. If he could go back tomorrow, he would be there. He was blown up and shot.

 He wears a Purple Heart on his uniform for his service.
He carries a broken heart within his uniform for his brothers who died there, and his marriage, which was over before it had a chance to begin.

 I will sit next to my son at every appointment. I will listen to his stories. Laugh at his jokes. Remember with him all that he has been through. I will sit outside and wait and pray while he is with his psychiatrist,helping to heal his mind. I will cheer him on as he works through his physical therapy to heal his broken body. I am there because I am, quite simply, his biggest fan. I look at our fragile freedoms and I am thankful for men like my son who sacrifice so much, so that we may have SO much!
Thank you son! I love you with all the love that is within me!

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      Anne E wrote Dec 14, 2009
    • Wishing you and your son the best.



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      UK Girl wrote Dec 15, 2009
    • I’m so sorry - your family are in my thoughts and prayers



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      Lazylola wrote Dec 15, 2009
    • Thank you to your son and thanks to you. So many stories of broken lives, wars take so much from our young men and women, you have raised a remarkable young man, I wish him peace in his heart (((hugs)))



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      Karyn Olson wrote Dec 15, 2009
    • I can never even imagine what you and your son are going through...I pray that he finds peace and has a full recovery and is able to live a normal life...

      A mother’s love is never ending and unbreakable...Your love for him is clearly shown...Prayers for strength to keep on walking with him on his journey...happy



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      Termite wrote Dec 15, 2009
    • My heart goes out to you and your son. Please thank him for all he is going thru and has given to our country. He is not forgotten! Soldiers are definatley a different breed of people. The dedication they give to this country is unmeasurable! God bless him and all our soldiers, active and inactive!
      Merry Christmas to you!



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      Mztracy wrote Dec 15, 2009
    • I thank your son!! I am so sorry he has to go through this. He and you are in my blessings!!
      God Bless!



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Dec 15, 2009
    • I am so very sorry that your family is going through this. This shows just how important it is for our country to give our returning soldiers what they need, everything they need, for the rest of their lives. We are a nation with an all-voluntary military. These young men and women choose this path with honor and the spirit of serving. It’s our responsibility to stand with them strong, welcome them with open arms when they return, and help them however they need as they resume their lives here.

      God bless your son and you. And thank you both for the sacrifices you made for the rest of us.



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      Angelcart wrote Dec 15, 2009
    • Wow, at the moment I just want to “Thank him soo much” for what hs has volunteered to do.  I pray he gets all and even more from the VA.  God knows our young men and women need it.

      Wishing you, your son ann millitary family a safe and happy Christmas and wonderfrul new years.



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      Kiaorashelli wrote Dec 15, 2009
    • WOW! You guys brought tears to of joy to me this morning! To wake up and check my email and see all of these wonderful, compassionate comments! Thanks to each one of you who so wonderfully remind me that there are those who appreciate our Armed Services and their deep sacrifices. Hugs to all you guys for making my day! Shelli



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      Lisa Middlesworth wrote Dec 15, 2009
    • I am so full of gratitude for what your son and his family has sacrificed for us. It almost, doesn’t even sound right to let him know just how greatful, I am. He sacrificed a healthy normal life for me to live free.
      I do wish you and your son the very best that life has to offer from here on out. I will keep him and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
      I ask in my Prayers everyday to bless the men and women who serve and protect our wonderful country. I pray for courage, wisdom and the strength they need to get them thru this day.
      I can’t believe what these courageous, giving, unselfish, individuals do in honor of us.
      Best wishes and Happy Holidays to you and yours



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      Marie66 wrote Dec 15, 2009
    • Yes, please THANK your son.. I’m so sorry that he is going thru so much.. My thoughts and prayers are with your son and your family..



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      Owlmaria wrote Jan 3, 2010
    • First thank you to your son. Second thank you for opening your heart and private life to those who do not realize what this “War” has done to our sons.
      My son did not serve but I have (over the years adopted my sons classmates as my own)several “sons” who did serve in various places. Being a former military wife and one who worked at our local VA for years I knew what to expect and somewhat how to help my sons when they finally came home. Some made it and some were not themselves when they did get back. Their parents didn’t know what to make of the boy they kissed goodbye to and the one that came back.
      One of my boys was wounded and has done well in treatment for his injuries and PTSD. One came back and was hardly recognizable! Many surgeries later he is still struggling to find his place in this world. But the one I worry about the most is the one who didn’t have physical injuries but his behavior is not the one he had before he left.
      No one prepared these young men for the actual horrors they would encounter over there. Psychological training should have been part of it.
      You are a wonderful mother to take the time to try and understand what your son went through and hopefuly he’ll, in time, open up and be helped by others who have gone through the same thing he has.
      You‘re both in my prayers. Maria



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