I just thought I would let everyone know that I am here in Kuwait, safe and sound. It was an interesting trip. I forget sometimes that there are people in the states that are grateful that civilians contractors are here. I was sitting in the terminal in Nashville, talking to a friend. I guess this lady over heard my conversation, because, when she got up to leave, she interrupted me and said that she just had to tell me thank you. I said for what, she said,” For doing what you do. We have several guys over there and I am glad to hear that there is someone like you there doing what you do and that it means as much to you as it sounds like it does. It is great to know that there are good people making sure that our guys are taken care of. God bless you.” As you can imagine, I was a bit embarrassed. I said thank you and that there was no need for her to thank me. She insisted that she did and gave me a hug with tears in her eyes. She stopped for a min. and told me that she has 2 grandsons over here. I wished her and her grandsons my best and she left. Several other people in the smoking area over heard the lady and I talking and had to ask what it was that I did. I told them that I was just a truck driver in Kuwait and Iraq. I was bringing ice to the troops. That of course got another conversation going. I was asked many questions. I wont go into all that was said, but let me say that I believe that there are a few more people in the US that have a better understanding of what is going on over there and why.
Then, while walking to the only place inside the terminal in Detroit that I could smoke, I met another lady. She saw the shirt I had on. It said, Operation Iraqi Freedom, on it. She was full of questions. It amazes me the looks I get from people when they find out that I am here and what I do and that I came voluntarily. I am not a hero, I am just one person doing a job that needs to be done. But they give me this look of aw that embarrasses me. Our soldiers are the hero’s and they are the ones that deserve the looks of aw.
Anyway, I just wanted to let ya’ll know I am here. Now, I will be leaving out on a convoy in the morning. I am being moved to Anaconda. The internet is not like it is here in Kuwait and so if ya’ll don’t hear from me for a week or 2, please, don’t get worried. Not only could it be that I am out on a mission, the internet in Anaconda is having lots of problems and sometimes is down for several days at a time. I have to get off here now. Everyone take care and I will email again when I can. Those of you that belong to the 2 other groups that I am a member of, please post this for me. I have used up my time online for now and am not sure I will be able to get back on before I leave out. Thanks so much for everyone’s support while I was home and while we are all here.