We planned a small family vacation to surprise my baby brother for his 40th birthday. We had not yet been down to see him in Kansas since he had transferred there from Ft. Hood, Tx. Except for 2 years, he has been in the Army since he graduated from high school. He has done at least 2 deployments, maybe 3 to Iraq. Just days before we were to go to Kansas and after he had received news that he was being promoted, he was told that he would be deploying yet again but this time to Afghanistan. Our family vacation just took on a whole new meaning. So we went and played, ate, laughed, ate, laid around, ate some more and made some memories. I treasure that time.
Tomorrow, August 15 he leaves again to defend our freedom on foreign soil. Today, I don't care what side of the political landscape you stand on, I hate this war at this moment. I love my brother. He is my hero and I pray that angels watch over him and keep him safe until he is here at home again.