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On a trip over to Army Times I found the following link to an article about a Military Officers journal, written as he escorted a fallen Soldier home, now made into a movie of that journey.

Film tells story of final journey for soldier

We as a Nation, for these past 7plus years, have not been allowed to Honor the Returning Soldiers killed while serving this Country in these Two Theaters of Occupations, and because of that few know or even think about the real cost of War, especially Wars of Choice!

President Obama has now said he will be revisiting that policy, set by those who sent our Military into both Theaters.

GILLETTE, Wyo. — It was just one soldier’s story. Lance Cpl. Chance Phelps, 19, was killed in an ambush outside of Baghdad on Good Friday 2004. Within the next week, his body would be escorted from Iraq, across the Atlantic Ocean and across most of the United States to his hometown of Dubois in northwest Wyoming.

To national audiences, it was one more military casualty.

But like every soldier felled in battle, Chance left behind a world of connections: family, friends and a small Wyoming town devastated by his loss. The man who accompanied his casket from Philadelphia to Dubois, Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, provided a glimpse into that world by journaling the cross-country trip.

Premiered at the Sundance Festival on January 16th 2009, and will air on HBO in February 2009.

A ‘behind-the-scenes’ clip from the Sundance premier of Taking Chance.

"Taking Chance" trailer

Chance Phelps Foundation

Earlier I also placed, in the morning open thread, a couple of video's from this past weekend. With abit of information on helping out an Iraq Vet as he tries to help out his brothers and sisters.


Iraq Veteran Going to Washington - KRGV 2.15.09

Reynaldo Leal, Jr. was part of Operation Phantom Fury, taking part in some of the heaviest fighting in Fallujah. For Leal, fighting overseas was like an out of body experience.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

More on Rey

Reynaldo Leal, Iraq Vet, has put out a call for an action to bring to light the need for a VA Hospital in South Texas, any Vets, and friends of, in Texas join him:

March to San Antonio
Because no Veteran should have to go this far for care

OIF & OEF Veterans of South Texas

Time and PlaceStart Time:
Saturday, March 14, 2009 at 8:00am

End Time:
Friday, March 20, 2009 at 6:50pm

Dustin Sekula Library
Freddy Gonzalez Dr
Edinburg, TX

You can make contact at the above link, hopefully he will have more info soon.

In the meantime sign on to the online petition he has up to help him and these Vets get the help they seek!!


Army Historical Stand Down

First-Ever ARMY-WIDE Stand Down Will Address Record Number Of Suicides -- From the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, Friday, February 13, 2009.

Originally posted to jimstaro on Mon Feb 16, 2009 at 07:58 AM PST.

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