Monday, January 30, 2012

He's Going Back to Afghanistan

My family's joy over the return of my brother from Afghanistan this month was short and (bitter)sweet.

You see, he has volunteered to go back.

When he got sent home, it was unexpected.  He was mentally prepared to be there until August. 
80 came home, 80 stayed.  Luck of the draw.

Except now they need 7 more to volunteer to go back until August.  And out of the 80 of those who came home, my brother was 1 of only 3 to volunteer to go back there.

His rationale is that he's single.  Not married.  No children.  And now he knows what to expect.  He knows what to pack.  He knows how it will be.  He has friends still there.  He wasn't ready to come home.  He still has a job to do. 

I couldn't be prouderOr more worried.

He leaves as early as February 3.


Jodie said...

He is why America is great! Be safe Dan!

Jennifer said...

Ugh. Your poor mom. I bet she is beside herself. I know I would be. But so proud at the same time.

Mommy McD said...

Wow. What a wonderful, brave, heroic man. You should be proud.

chrissyrudd said...

Tell him thank you!

JenC said...

Thank you to your brother for his service! What a tremendous act to volunteer in this situation. Looking forward to hearing of his (next) safe return!

justme said...

what a great man. i will pray for his safety.

Kelly said...

Please say Thank you to your brother. What a Hero

Anonymous said...

The military is lucky to have him and all of us Americans are too! - Angela

Classy Fab Sarah said...

Praying for all of you and your brother!!

Ms K @ Mummybrain said...

Oh my, that must be so hard to accept, and yet you must be so proud.

Amy @ VineSleuth Uncorked said...

Prayers for your brother.
My brother is in the Navy. He came back early from Iraq because of a medical issue, and he'd go back in a second if he could.
I would be proud, and worried, too, if I were in your shoes.
Hang in there.. I am proud of him, too. :)

Maureen said...

I'm behind on my blog-reading, so I am just seeing this. Thank God for people like your brother, but it is not without worry. Saying prayers for his safe return come August. God Bless.


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