I want to share with you an email that I got today and my response to it. If there is anyone that you know that has someone thinking about coming over here as a civilian contractor, please have them look at my web site and read this email. I have a friend that I work with here who has a friend who’s son is coming over here as a truck driver and he asked me to do what I have done here in this email. So I thought that I would just pass this along. I am wiling to answer anyone’s questions at any time. So feel free to ask them. But for now, hopefully this will do.
Subject: Questions to Cindy
Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2004 15:56:27 -0500
My name is Kiersten and a friend of mine told me about your site when he heard that my boyfriend was thinking of applying to Halliburton. I have read your posted e-mails and looked at the pictures. What a job you do! Brava! My question is this…..How safe or unsafe do you consider it there? and after all this time would you recommend this job to anyone? Thank you so much for all the good work it seems that you do and for taking time to read this.
Sincerely from the States,
Here is my response……………
I am not sure that I can answer your question in the manner that you wish. I can’t say that it is safe or unsafe, it is what it is. And that is a war zone. Some people like me have seen very little of the really bad stuff and others have been shot at and taken mortar fire. The closest mortar fire I have seen was at Mosul back in December. One landed about 150 yards from the truck I was sleeping in. It rocked my truck and I came out looking to see if it hit anything. Friends of mine have had mortars bounce off their tanker trucks. I have had rocks thrown at my truck and some hit and some miss. I had some friends that were here when the war was going on get bricks in their windshields and go home because of it. I have been stopped in the middle of the road just south of Baghdad for a couple of hours because the Army found and IED and had the road blocked while they cleared it. But just this last week we lost 2 drivers and have 2 still in the hospital because the SUV that they were driving was hit by an IED. Now don’t let all this overwhelm you. I don’t know where you live, but find the newspaper to the biggest town near you and look and see how many people were killed in that city just over night. I am not sure what the death toll for the military is to date. I do not watch the news. It is biased and only reports the bad that is going on. It doesn’t report the good. Like Sgt Maples that I met out at Dogwood, that helped rebuild a school and how grateful the people were. If you read all of my emails, you heard of his story. I don’t look at it as weather it is safe or unsafe. We are doing good work here. Yes some of us wont be coming home when all is said and done. But for me it is more than the money that brings me here. There is no amount of money that can be paid for me to risk my life. But there is good to be done in this world and if, we as individuals wait for someone else to do it, it will never get done.
So, the only thing I can tell you is ask your boyfriend why he wants to come over here. Really listen to him and have him look at my site and read this email. I will never sugar coat things. That is not fair to you, your boyfriend, or any other in this world that has someone over here. Support him in what ever his decision is, to go or to stay. And remember, this world is a better place today than it was yesterday because there are people willing to take the risk to try to do something good. My best wishes to you and your boyfriend. Please, let me know if he decides to come on over. I would love to meet him. I will say a prayer for the 2 of you as you make this decision. Take care of yourselves.
My thoughts are with you,