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la4angus

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> Subject: The truth
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> This is a letter from Ray Reynolds, 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/TV is
putting out.)
> * 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 Reynolds, SFC
> Iowa Army National Guard
> 234th Signal Battalion
 

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Thanks for this post.My son is in Taji with the 39th Infantry (Arkansas Brigade), (Camp Cook, that was hit this morning at dawn by a rocket attack),I have not heard anything from him for the last couple of weeks.
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SPRINGER FARMS MURRAY GRE":33k13q85 said:
Thanks for this post.My son is in Taji with the 39th Infantry (Arkansas Brigade), (Camp Cook, that was hit this morning at dawn by a rocket attack),I have not heard anything from him for the last couple of weeks.
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Our prayers are with you and your son, may he return home safely.
 

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SPRINGER FARMS MURRAY GRE":1msjtiwm said:
Thanks for this post.My son is in Taji with the 39th Infantry (Arkansas Brigade), (Camp Cook, that was hit this morning at dawn by a rocket attack),I have not heard anything from him for the last couple of weeks.
:(

Hope all is well our prayers are with your family. Our son is in USAF I can relate.
 

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tell your son we are thinking of him, along with all of his comrades in arms. many people do not believe they should be there, but i am one who believes they should be, for they are ridding the world of terrorism and showing the rest of the world the USA is back on top, and we will defend our flag and our country against terrorism and they (our soldiers) will bring back honor to the United States for the rest of the world to see.
 

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Don't print it until I can add my thanks. The prayers of my family are also with all the marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen who are overseas defending our freedom.

I also pray that President Bush will wake up and smell the coffee, and let our boys fight like they were trained to do. All these cease fires and “negotiations” in Fallujah and elsewhere are starting to really burn me up.

Those of you with boys in the field and on the lines, tell them we are behind them 100%!

Craig-TX
 

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