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Monday, April 04, 2005

A Hero Heals - Joey's Update, from 3/29/05

I have been to DC over the Easter holidays to visit Joey and to see him walk on both prosthetics for the first time. The therapist straps a tall walker to both arms and Joey glides it forward; then he moves his right leg first and the left leg second. The left knee doesn't bend so his step is stiff on the left leg. He walked down the hall and back... His left hand surgery is over and the stitches were removed last Friday, 25th. The surgeon cut top and bottom of little finger and into the palm to loosen tendons. The top was cut to remove the plate and also a 3 inch cut in the wrist to correct never damage from the aneurysm surgery. Joey is in therapy every week day so pray God will give him the strength and endurance to stand the pain and continue to improve. I hope all of you saw the TIME article which hit the stands on the 21st. It had HAIL MARY on the cover. If not, maybe you can find it on the web or go to a local library. Joey and Jayme will be traveling to Colorado on April 3 through 9th with Walter Reed Handicap to snow ski. Of course, Joey will be seated and strapped on a snow board but he will have fun, knowing my Joey. Jayme will finish her last day at Bethesda on April 15th and on May 14th she will graduate at Texas A & M. Joey and I are flying down for the occasion. I am so proud of her; she has been remarkable these past few months juggling her time and taking care of Joey. I am home taking care of my mom and also dealing with tax time, April 15th. I do miss being at Walter Reed; I did get to hug a lot necks last week. I saw new soldiers and I also saw the old soldiers. Pray for them all that God will implant positive attitudes and physical strength to deal with their lives now. God Bless you and keep praying for Joey's ability to walk again.
Gail, Joey and Jayme

For those of you who missed the TIME magazine article, you can find it at:,10987,1037649,00.html

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My husband Manuel is an army reservist called up to duty in August of 2004.
He loves what he does and I love him.

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Manuel, take care, stay safe, and we hope you can come home soon.
Thank you for all you do!

SUEZ TRANSIT — U.S. Navy sailors on the flight deck enjoy the view as security personnel stand force protection watch aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman as the ship makes her transit through the Suez Canal on her way to the Mediterranean Sea, March 26, 2005. The Truman Carrier Strike Group was recently relieved after completing nearly four months in the Persian Gulf in support of the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Airman Ricardo J. Reyes

In Today's News - Monday, April 4, 2005

Quote of the Day
Gentlemen, when the enemy is committed to a mistake we must not interrupt him too soon.
-- Horatio Nelson Associated Press
Cardinals convene ahead of vote for pope
50 insurgents hurt in attack at Abu Ghraib

Kyrgyz president signs resignation
Congress weighs money for missile defense

Crude futures near record-high levels

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq
Grave of slain Israeli leader defaced
Iraqi Parliament To Meet To Pick President
Al Qaeda says 7 suicide bombers hit Iraqi prison
Iraqi lawmakers elect speaker but no president
President Will Award First Medal Of Honor In Iraq War

The US News: Iraq News
Britain reportedly prepares Iraq pullout
From France to Iraq, World Mourns Pope
Iraq Takes Step Toward New Government

Fox News
Abu Ghraib Attack Injured 50
Medal of Honor for Iraq Hero
Saudis Fight Al Qaeda Thugs
Indonesian Aid Continues
Pols Mull Missile Defense
Kyrgyz President Resigns
Israeli Leader's Grave Marred
Gorbachev honors anti-communist pope
Asia remembers emissary of peace
Poll: U.S. supports change
Australia, Indonesia boost ties
Syria sets deadline for Lebanon pullout
New elections demanded in Zimbabwe

Department of Defense
Bush: Intelligence System Needs Change — Story
Anti-coalition Attacks Increase in Afghanistan — Story
Myers: Total-Force Concept Successful — Story

Deployed Troops Opt to Extend Service — Story
'Bobcats' Search Oruzgan Province for Enemy — Story
Romanian President Visits Camp Phoenix — Story

Ops Yield Suspects, Weapons
Success in Iraq - DoD Fact Sheet
Iraq Daily Update
Iraq Reconstruction
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)

Power of Freedom Evident
Afghanistan Daily Update

U.S. Soldier, Marine Killed in Iraq
Marine Killed, Suspects Detained
Insurgents Launch Attacks
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Bush Nominates Navy Secretary
OPM Extends Veterans' Preference
National Guard, Reserve Update

Today in History
527 - In Constantinople, Justin, seriously ill, crowns his nephew Justinian as his co-emperor.
1581 - Francis Drake completes his circumnavigation of the world.
1812 - The territory of Orleans becomes the 18th state -- Louisiana.
1818- The United States flag is declared to have 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars.
1841 - Only a month after being sworn in, 68-year-old President William Henry Harrison becomes the first president to die in office.
1862 - The Battle of Yorktown begins as Union General George McClellan approaches Richmond, Va.
1917 - The U.S. Senate votes 90-6 to enter World War I on Allied side.
1918 - The Battle of the Somme ends.
1941 - Field Marshal Erwin Rommel captures the British held town of Benghazi in North Africa.
1949 - The NATO treaty is signed.
1968 - Rev. Martin Luther King is assassinated in Memphis.
1979 - Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, president of Pakistan, is executed.
1985 - A coup in Sudan ousts President Nimeiry, replacing him with General Dahab.

- Thaddeus Stevens, U.S. Republican congressional leader.
1884 - Isoroku Yamamoto, Japanese WWII naval commander.