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A Letter from an Army National Guard Medic going to Iraq

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Lisa_

From: *******

Date: Monday, May 3, 2004 8:30 PM

To: ********

 

This is a letter from Ray *****, a medic in the Iowa Army National Guard, serving in Iraq:

 

As I head off to Baghdad for the final weeks of my stay in Iraq, I wanted to say thanks to all of you who did not believe the media. They have done a very poor job of covering everything that has happened. I am sorry that I have not been able to visit all of you during my two week leave back home. And just so you can rest at night knowing something is happening in Iraq that is noteworthy, I thought I would pass this on to you. This is the list of things that has happened in Iraq recently: (Please share it with your friends and compare it to the version that your paper is producing.)

 

* Over 400,000 kids have up-to-date immunizations.

* School attendance is up 80% from levels before the war.

* Over 1,500 schools have been renovated and rid of the weapons stored there so education can occur.

* The port of Uhm Qasar was renovated so grain can be off-loaded from ships faster.

* The country had its first 2 billion barrel export of oil in August.

* Over 4.5 million people have clean drinking water for the first time ever in Iraq.

* The country now receives 2 times the electrical power it did before the war.

* 100% of the hospitals are open and fully staffed, compared to 35% before the war.

* Elections are taking place in every major city, and city councils are in place.

* Sewer and water lines are installed in every major city.

* Over 60,000 police are patrolling the streets.

* Over 100,000 Iraqi civil defense police are securing the country.

* Over 80,000 Iraqi soldiers are patrolling the streets side by side with US soldiers.

* Over 400,000 people have telephones for the first time ever

* Students are taught field sanitation and hand washing techniques to prevent the spread of germs.

* An interim constitution has been signed.

* Girls are allowed to attend school.

* Textbooks that don't mention Saddam are in the schools for the first time in 30 years.

 

Don't believe for one second that these people do not want us there. I have met many, many people from Iraq that want us there, and in a bad way. They say they will never see the freedoms we talk about but they hope their children will. We are doing a good job in Iraq and I challenge anyone, anywhere to dispute me on these facts. So If you happen to run into John Kerry, be sure to give him my email address and send him to Denison, Iowa. This soldier will set him straight. If you are like me and very disgusted with how this period of rebuilding has been portrayed, email this to a friend and let them know there are good things happening.

 

Ray *******, SFC

Iowa Army National Guard

234th Signal Battalion

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no_f00d_fed

thats awesome stuff to hear!!

 

Could u post some sites that has info to back up those facts..my friends dont belive me! B)

 

thx

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olehippy13

Ray the Medic....

You are doing a fine job, son, Keep up the good work. Dont be concerned what other people think, just ask yourself AM I DOING MY BEST???? Thats all you need to be worried about. My hats off to your good work and I salute you, as a former Medic myself....carry on in the best tradition of the US Medical Field.

One more thing, John Kerry is not the enemy, you need to remember he is a war vet same as you and I....what he is, is an American. As you grow older , you will see that change in the government is a good thing. President Bush is a good man, but its time for a change now.

 

I salute you, Ray.

Olehippy13

former Medic VietNam....JFK all the way.

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Terribly Swift Sword
.....One more thing, John Kerry is not the enemy, you need to remember he is a war vet .....

:scratch:

 

How can we forget? He reminds us of his few months in Nam :o every time he opens his mouth for a speech. He left his crew and ran home after a couple of bumps and bruises and mosquito bites and calls himself a hero? In an Election year, one choses a candidate and the opposition candidate becomes the enemy, or opponent if you will.

 

Oh, and yeah, never mind what the anti-war democrats think and say! :thumbsup:

 

:redhot: :911: :tantrum:

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olehippy13
Oh, and yeah, never mind what the anti-war democrats think and say! :D

..........well......I"m not anti-war....I am a Democrat, and I am a War Veteran, and I was a Medic in VietNam......I AM A CONCERNED AMERICAN.

 

Thumbs up to ole Ray the Medic....I salute the dude. But, I'll betcha a dime to a doughnut, that when that dude comes back after his tour of duty, ....I'll betcha, he'll have a new respect for human life. Its not that I'm anti-war....if only this Iraqian deal was declared an ALL OUT WAR....Get in do what you have to do...and get the F**k out. When a WAR is declared, its a National Emergency.....these conflicts and just killing machines. I'm gettin off on a tangent here....sorry about that....

But Ray, I salute you again....as an American!!!

 

oh and ah...

Conserve the Fighting Strength (Medic's Code of Conduct)

 

Olehippy13

former Medic VietNam....JFK all the way.

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