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Update on the Girls and My Mental Status. :)

Good evening, all!

We heard from the group and I wanted to update everyone on the progress. Obviously they didn't make it back to town this week, but the bodies have been cremated, and the exit process is well underway for getting Jamie and Nancy discharged fully. Admiral Dad is processing out of the service right now as well.

Admiral Dad has been going through a very low spot which has kept communication at a minimum. That seems to be sorting itself out and I hope we'll have more timely updates that I can pass along to y'all.

We're hoping to see the group later this week and I'll keep everyone informed as the news comes through.

Thanks again for all your love and support for Billy through all of this. Please keep the good thoughts and love headed his way.

As for me, I actually had a terrific response from my last post and have been getting nurtured through the week. B is bouncing back from his own grief and is more able to be there to stand beside me. Extra special tha…

Quick Update on the Girls...

Hello everyone! :)

Billy got word that the group made it back to DC this weekend, thank the gods they're finally back on American soil. Everyone is staying at Admiral Dad's townhouse and they're going to be organizing funeral arrangements and discharge paperwork on Nancy and Jamie starting this morning. We expect them to be arriving in the Metroplex later in the week with the dog and cat in tow. I'll keep everyone posted on memorial services and other details as I have them. Thanks again to everyone for keeping Billy and the rest of us in your thoughts and prayers during all of this!

In other news, I feel like I'm about emotionally maxed out and need a break. Anyone want to volunteer to take care of me for a little bit so I can fall apart and not have to feel responsible for anyone else's emotional health and well-being? Not that I expect anyone to want to actually do this for me but if there are any takers, please let me know. I'm hanging by a thread right n…

An Update on The Girls and Response to the Comment Thread...

I'm sorry I've been out of touch with the blog world but B's grandma passed and we had funereal duties to attend to. When it rains, it pours.

We finally got word that the girls' bodies should be back stateside today or tomorrow. It's still unknown if they're going to DC or to Texas, either way Billy's planning to attend the memorial. We're really hoping they come back here so everyone can go to the funeral especially the foster mom. There's no way she could get to DC right now. I'll keep everyone posted on the arrangements and the details on the memorial service as I know them.

In response to the comment thread on my previous post, I said:

"Billy is expecting for people to start calling and coming by the house. DO NOT bring negativity to him if you contact him directly, please. If he doesn't answer he's probably on the other line and will get back with you."

What you all have been going back and forth about for 28+ comments is exa…

Bad News On the Girls *sob*

We found out late last night that the entire unit is confirmed dead. Here's a note from Billy that he posted as a myspace bulletin this morning...

Hello,

As most of you already know, I had a girlfriend deployed to Iraq. Shelly and her unit were due home this week for the end of their 18 month deployment and also because their enlistment ended this week. We received word late last week that something happened. Late last night we got confirmation from her father who is in Iraq also that the entire unit of four was killed. He was able to get a message to Shelly's foster mom.

Right now I have very little in the way of information. I know that they have recovered and identified the bodies. Her dad is supposed to contact me directly very soon once arrangements are made to get our girls home. We are expecting them to return to the states in the next 4-6 days.

I am writing this yet I really have no words. Please keep Shelly in your prayers and I will send out more information as I get it.

Please take action to bring the troops home...

From: Kuma
Date: Sep 5, 2007 2:44 PM


Hey, guys.

The escalation has been a failure. This was one of the bloodiest summers for US troops in Iraq, Iraqi casualties are running at twice the pace of last year and 15 of 18 of President Bush's own benchmarks remain unmet. But the White House is at it again--telling us that things in Iraq are going just great.

Congress is going to vote this month on war policy for the next year--and Bush is hoping all this "progress" talk will scare Congress away from voting for withdrawal. We can't let that happen. Almost 4,000 US troops have died. We've spent half a trillion dollars in Iraq. Every day you turn on the news and more people are killed.

I signed a petition urging Congress to begin a fully funded redeployment immediately. Can you join me at the link below?

http://pol.moveon.org/troopshome/?r_by=11180-8234322-3BeqEg&rc=comment_paste

Thanks!

www.integrityinservice.org

From: Pepe
Date: Sep 6, 2007 7:26 AM


With the help of one of my Army friends, I have started a new website: www.integrityinservice.org.

Our purpose is to reach the general public to let them know what a waste Don't ask, Don't tell is.

I'd appreciate it if you would look at the site and send me some feedback to let me know what you think.

Thanks,

Pepe

Speed Traps In Your City...

I ganked this from a friend's myspace bulletin and thought it was definitely worth checking out...

If you have a lead foot as I do, here is a site you must check out before your next driving out. It is a list of speed traps set by the Police in our area. Hope this helps someone!

http://www.speedtrap.org/speedtraps/stetlist.asp

To Commemorate 9/11...

Here's something that pretty much sums up my thoughts on the anniversary of the WTC fiasco...

TO REALIZE

To realize the value of a sister
Ask someone who doesn't have one.

To realize the value of ten years:
Ask a newly divorced couple.

To realize the value of four years:
Ask a graduate.

To realize the value of one year:
Ask a student who has failed a final exam.

To realize the value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.

To realize the value of one month:
Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of one hour:
Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize the value of one minute:
Ask a person who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize the value of one-second:
Ask a person who has survived an accident.

To realize the value of one millisecond:
Ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.

To realize the value of a friend:
Lose one.

Time waits for no one.
Tre…

From Billy...

Here's the bulletin that Billy just posted on myspace...

Hello,

I thought I had better take a second and update everyone on what is going on and what we know. First off, most of you know I had a girl in the Navy serving over in Iraq. Well, Shelly was due home in March, but her deployment was extended again. She was due home this week after serving 18 months deployment. In the infinite wisdom on the Navy, they decided to send them on one last assignment last Sunday literally one day before they were supposed to come home. I received word last Thursday that something happened to the unit. The entire unit was made up of childhood friends of Shelly's that all joined together on the same day. They were all due home this week and the end of their four year enlistment is tomorrow.

The unit was in Baghdad about to wire up a building. The unit was an EOD (bomb tech) unit. While they were inside the building, the building was struck with some type of artillery. They do not know what right …

Monday Update

Hello all. We do have an update and it's not good...here's the scoop.

I ended up going to FW yesterday with Billy and B to visit the foster mom and she was able to connect with the base via a ham radio operator.

1. More than half the team that was inside the building is now confirmed dead. Cathy and Chrissie along with their Marine fiancees are confirmed. Shelly (Billy's sweetie) and Jessie are still not confirmed. Questions were asked about what jewelry/tattoos/etc. for the other girls which makes us think there are unidentified bodies still there. It's definitely not looking hopeful at this point.

2. Admiral Dad has been removed from duty and will probably be retired. He was planning to retire when the girls' enlistment was up tomorrow anyway so that he could come home and begin having a father/daughter relationship with Shelly for the first time in their lives. :-(

3. We are requesting that the confirmed dead be brought back to this area for memorial services and in…

Here's the update on the girls...

We're still hearing rumors and bits of information about the girls in Iraq but here's what we know so far...

1. Billy's girl's dad who is an admiral tried for weeks to keep them from having to go on this mission but was unable to stop it. Apparently it was based on "bad intelligence"... (WTF???)

2. Admiral Dad was on the mission with them when everything went down and here's what happened. They went into a building and the building caught a direct hit. Dad immediately snapped off, ran over and started digging through the rubble with his bare hands. He had to be sedated and we haven't heard anything from him since.

3. Billy's girl's phone got left at camp and apparently the cook has possession of it. We've been trying to call and text it for days but haven't gotten anyone to respond yet.

4. Billy's girl's former foster mom has been trying to reach the camp and did get through once but there was no reception and they couldn't hea…

Need your thoughts and prayers please...

I know I've blogged about the group of girls we know who are over in Iraq fighting. They are due to come home this week because their enlistment is up so the military (in its infinite wisdom) decided to send them on one last patrol before they headed back stateside. We got word that they got hit last night and are hurt but we don't have any more details than that. Please please, whatever deity you pray to, send out lots of prayers for their return home alive. Thanks in advance, y'all.

AIDS LifeWalk

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I am fundraising for AIDS Arms, Inc. this year. Please join my team or sponsor me online!

You can make a donation by clicking here, or join the team here. Thanks for your support!!


Essential Info: LifeWalk 2007
What: 17th Annual AIDS Arms LifeWalk
When: Sunday, October 14, 2007 - Registration at Noon, Walk at 1pm
Where: Lee Park, 3400 Turtle Creek Blvd. , Dallas TX 75219
(route map)
Why: Proceeds benefit the 2700+ clients served by AIDS Arms each month
Who: You & your friends, family, co-workers, church members, classmates and civic group members. Strollers, pets and roller bladders are welcome.
Time: Registration opens at Noon
Fun Walk/Run begins at 1pm
Route: Distance: 3.6 miles through Uptown and Turtle Creek and back to Lee Park. View Route Map.