Mr. Completely is another pacific northwest blogger who has joined the Project Valour blog team, and who I hope to meet one day soon. He started blogging about SFC Robert "Buzz" Robertson a few weeks ago, requesting that cards and emails of support be sent to help keep Buzz's spirits up.
I just received this email, and I am posting all of the relevant parts below.
Buzz's injuries are serious - with the worst being the damage to his spine. In the Wednesday Update, it looked like the next week would be spent preparing for transfer to a long-term rehabilitation facility for spinal injuries. However, the latest news is a bit of a setback, and notes that he will continue to be at Walter Reed a bit longer. Luckily his wife and 3-year old daughter are able to visit him every day.
Also contained in Mr. Completely's update yesterday is the news of another of Buzz's mates arriving at WR ... one of the soldiers, in fact, who helped to pull Buzz from his destroyed vehicle. Chuck Yerry needs to hear from all of us as well - he has already lost most of his right leg, and there is damage to his left as well. Please go visit Mr. Completely to get the contact information, send emails, send cards, and keep these men and their families in your thoughts and prayers!
Lastly - to all of those who drove Project Valour, and donated to it and to Soldiers' Angels, here is a wonderful example of the positive effect. You see, Buzz is using a laptop brought to him at Walter Reed by the Soldiers' Angels group ... This is what it's all about, people!
UPDATE : Here are the addresses for Buzz and Chuck...
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Patient: SFC Richard C. Robertson
6900 Georgia Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20307
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Patient: Chuck Yerry
6900 Georgia Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20307
Also, you can send emails of support to either Chuck or Buzz at:
The same action that wounded Buzz took the lives of three other men in his unit / task group :
Sgt. 1st Class Trevor J. Diesing, 30, of Plum City, Wis.
Master Sgt. Ivica Jerak, 42, of Houston, Texas.
Cpl. Timothy M. Shea, 22, of Sonoma, Calif.
You can read more about them at Echo9er's site , where there are links to the DoD announcement.
Friday, September 30, 2005
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
While driving through the Swiss countryside one day, we took a side trip to the town of Vallorbe. It's not a name I had heard before, but the picture in the guide map showed a tank, so of course I couldn't resist!
Monday, September 26, 2005
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Friday, September 23, 2005
We successfully navigated the AutoStradas and other roadways between Firenze and Venezia on Thursday, and checked into the lovely
Friday was spent working on the trade balance on the glass islands(s) of Murano. Many shops and many footsteps later, we realized that the shopping had to end, or we would need new luggage to take everything home!
In a few minutes, we will be walking down to the boat docks to again ride into
Posted by Barb at 11:35 PM
Saturday, September 17, 2005
No pictures to share yet … but the trip is going well. Arrived in
By far the most wonderful side trip that we took this week was the railroad tour to ‘The Top of Europe’. There is no way in Hades that I will ever climb the Eiger using pitons and rope. But I looked out of the North Wall from a point about a third of the wall up the face … from the Inside! What a hoot. The tunnel goes through the solid rock, and comes out on top for an absolutely stunning view.
Heading to Florence / Firenze tomorrow … Ciao!
Posted by Barb at 12:35 PM
Monday, September 12, 2005
The Analog Kid has announced a new e-postal shooting match. This one is a leetle different ...
Here is the scenario:
To Really appreciate the fun, go over and read the whole thing, and check out the 'totally inoffensive' target!
Posted by Barb at 12:01 PM
Sunday, September 11, 2005
I was at work when we started getting news of the planes hitting the towers in New York City. A co-worker was watching the news on his computer, and he kept saying "One of the towers has collapsed", at which we scoffed - thinking that was impossible. Then I saw the image of the second tower, with smoke billowing out of it, and realized he was right. Disbelief and shock numbed me speechless.
Posted by Barb at 8:47 AM
Saturday, September 10, 2005
Almost forgot the link to this week's Carnival of the Recipes, hosted beautifully by Jordana at Curmudgeonry, and including a meatloaf recipe from SWWBO that looks yummy!
Posted by Barb at 2:57 PM
WhooHoo! Late last night the Visitor counter tripped over 20K. The visitor was from Renton, Washington, and logged in around 10:39 pacific time.
Sorry, No prizes. Leave a comment to let me know who you are, and thanks for stopping by!
It's a nice, wet Saturday here in the PNW - surprise, surprise. So I wandered around a bit to see what's shakin'.
Looks like The Crazy Ride Lady is getting used to her new equipment. Curious AFSister uncovered the reason for Sean Penn to travel to New Orleans. That Straight White Guy, Eric, celebrates 2 years of blogging - but he's worried about the new skirt design ... for men!
Lex is off to Monterey to get his head filled to the brim. I'm also going to be on the road for the next couple of weeks, so this post is my first attempt at posting by email. Either way, though, I'm going to have way more fun in Europe ... Neener-Neener!
Speaking of travel, have you ever wondered just how busy the U.S. skies are with air traffic? Check out this movie of one day's traffic - it's cool, and a little bit scary! (Note : the file is big, and may take a few minutes to download - give it time) H/T to the Top Men at Wohba.
John of Argghhh! has updates on the Katrina relief efforts and support from foreign sources. He also has a link to the best picture story of what really happened in New Orleans ... very eye opening, and awesome pictures!
In that vein, Blackfive shares a video showing the work of the 20th Special Forces National Guard unit in New Orleans. Watch closely towards the end of the video, as you see several rescued people and animals being transported - note the t-shirts of some of the DMAT CA-4 team from San Diego who are assisting. Yes, they take donations as well ... just sayin'.
Speaking of donations - Smash's Katrina donations challenge with Code Pink continues through Monday. Get your donation to the American Red Cross added to the challenge. Left / Right / Center, we don't care who donates, it's not about us - it's about the people who need to get their lives started over again, and the ones who are still in danger. Go here to read the rules and make a donation.
There ... that should keep you busy for a few!
Posted by Barb at 10:38 AM
Thursday, September 08, 2005
Another example of people behaving outrageously was observed by a family of British tourists last week.
Female survivors urged to flash breasts for help
No real surprise here, is there? It's just another data point in a huge pile of evidence that people come in all types, even within the so-called 'authorities'.
But it would be nice to think that the people who actually took the energy to man the rescue boats looking for people in distress would be from the top of the barrel, instead of the bottom ... wouldn't it?
H/T to fellow Denizen Boquisucio.
We've all had a good little laugh at the misguided attempts by celebs such as Sean Penn to help out in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Anyone who takes a photog along on a 'rescue mission' needs a major lesson in effective use of resources.
Get Off His Back
I encourage you to read the rest, it's great stuff!
Posted by Barb at 12:01 PM
Imagine that you've survived Hurricane Katrina, and made it to Houston alive, and are flying to Denver. Another passenger gets testy with the flight attendent, and starts pushing and slapping her.
Passengers Beat Up, Duct Tape Unruly Man On Flight
Between the lessons of 9/11, and the emotions of dealing with the past week, I think they demonstrated remarkable restraint myself.
Posted by Barb at 9:38 AM
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Here's a way to get a little music, and double your dollar for the American Red Cross to help the victims of Katrina.
Posted by Barb at 11:08 AM
Monday, September 05, 2005
From the outside, the wrangling of the various political entities strikes me a bit like a bunch of children fighting over the ownership of the playground. John has a good debate going on the topic here ... make sure that you read the comments, because that's where it gets going.
life be tough teacher. gives test first, then lesson. hurricane test be hard on hy’umuns and lesson be painful. test be harder on others, who not know there be lesson to follow.
NOTR at Rofasix wouldn't leave his furry family members behind either. (H/T to John Donovan at Castle Argghhh!)
Posted by Barb at 9:59 PM
Friday, September 02, 2005
NOAA's National Geodetic Survey site has top down imagery of the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Posted by Barb at 8:00 AM
John asked in this post whether others were seeing evidence of the mobilization efforts that he knew were ramping up.
And, predictably, the NY Times is blaming the lack of response on the war. (Free registration required)
One of the major points in this piece is that the Guard should have been involved earlier and in larger numbers.
But it's already a very costly game of catch-up. The situation might have been considerably less dire if all of Louisiana's and Mississippi's National Guard had been mobilized before the storm so they could organize, enforce and aid in the evacuation of vulnerable low-lying areas. Plans should have been drawn up for doing so, with sufficient trained forces available to carry them out.
I agree. The local and state governments should have had plans in place, and if there were plans, they should have been implemented sooner. One of the keys here is that the federal government is being blamed for not reacting more quickly. And the Guard soldiers should be available. In other words - not off fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan.
It's too late for that now. But the hard lessons of this week must be learned and incorporated into the nation's plans for future emergencies, whether these come in the form of natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Every state must now update its plans for quick emergency responses and must be assured by the Pentagon that it will be able to keep enough National Guard soldiers on hand to carry out these plans on very short notice.
The article goes on to state that a larger active-Army would be required to allow the Guard to focus on their own states. This is all well and good. In fact, I would love to make the active Army grow, but I'm guessing that these same folks would fight at spending more federal money on that, when it means making a tough choice vice something else in the federal budget.
I still haven't heard anyone (in the MSM) point out how slow the reaction was at the local and state level. Did Lousiana's governor Blanco call for Guard involvement before the storm struck? Why not declare Martial Law the minute the levees were breached - it was a foregone conclusion at that point, and the ultimate civil unrest and human disaster were predictable.
There's more than enough blame to go around, if you ask me.