A message from Gretchen.
Dear Family and Friends,
Thank you for your continued support. Sam was just home for an amazing 15 days of R&R, which went by all too quickly, but it was indescribably precious time. As you have probably seen on the news the Army is now going to 15 month deployments effective immediately. This means that Sam's Brigade will be extended until January of 2008. It is hard to even type 2008 as that means that Sam will have been gone an entire calendar year. The 15 days he was home in Alaska will be the only 15 days he spends in 2007 on American soil!
Please continue to keep Sam, the soldiers of the 4-25 and all of our troops in your prayers. I sat in a room tonight of hundreds of devastated spouses and children and there were 20 other Brigades getting the same news today. Extended deployments means more battle fatigue, more stress, more injuries and God forbid more casualties. Our prayers are more important than ever. Tonight I met with some ladies to pray before we walked into the meeting where we were officially addressed by the General of Fort Richardson who was tasked to relay the bad news and answer questions. Prayer is the only thing getting me through this right now, our whole world needs a lot of it.
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8