[Vision2020] Christmas in Falluja

Kai Eiselein, editor editor at lataheagle.com
Mon Dec 17 10:49:01 PST 2007

And your actions prove my point.
There are probably more people like you, not just family, who are in contact with service members serving in war zones. Hardly forgotten.
Anyone who has been away from family and friends, especially during holidays, knows the aching loneliness of being away. I'm sure that feeling is greatly magnified for service members in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I, too, have seen photos and video that haven't been seen publicly, Tom.
While Joel is one of my favorite artists,  I think his assesment is wrong.
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Tom Hansen 
  To: 'Kai Eiselein' ; vision2020 at moscow.com 
  Sent: Saturday, December 15, 2007 12:37 PM
  Subject: Re: [Vision2020] Christmas in Falluja

  Granted I do not have a relative serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, Kai.


  However, I do maintain regular email contacts with three service members who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Remember the videos I posted a while back (titled "On Duty in Afghanistan")?  Those were sent to me by 1SG Troy Steward who was, at that time, serving with a US Army contact team attached to an Afghan National Army unit.  He is currently assigned to the battalion I retired from (1st Battalion, 15th Infantry).  Although I was with this battalion in Kitzingen, Germany, Troy is serving with 1-15 just outside of Baghdad.  His last email promised me more videos, videos you will not see on television.  The problem is that 1-15 Battalion S-2 will not release them until their next rotation stateside.


  The other service members are stationed in the Paktika Province in Afghanistan.


  I feel that I am entitled to my opinion, a very developed and substantiated opinion.


  Seeya round town, Moscow.

  Tom Hansen
  Moscow, Idaho

  "We're a town of about 23,000 with 10,000 college students. The college students are not very active in local elections (thank goodness!)."

  - Dale Courtney (March 28, 2007) 


  From: vision2020-bounces at moscow.com [mailto:vision2020-bounces at moscow.com] On Behalf Of Kai Eiselein
  Sent: Saturday, December 15, 2007 12:21 PM
  To: vision2020 at moscow.com
  Subject: [Vision2020] Christmas in Falluja


  Its easy to take sides when you don't have a relative serving in Iraq. Of course we want him home, at the same time he believes in the mission and what he is doing and we have to support him.
  My wife's kid brother, Chris, is "somewhere north of Bagdad", serving his second tour. We keep in contact with via MySpace, email and (usually) weekly phone calls. He gets packages from home on a regular basis, including his favorite jerky from C&L Locker (which was kind enough to double vaccum pack it) photos and whatever neccesities he may ask for.
  Forgotten? Hardly, our soldier has an entire family supporting him, giving him whatever we can to ease his burden so he can concentrate on doing his job and getting home safely. I believe most other service members' families are doing the same. 
  It's easy to say these soldiers are forgotten, when you don't know what's going on behind the scenes and are just taking things at face value.


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Kai Eiselein
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