Thank you for calling this morning from the airport. I'm sorry I got all teary-eyed (again!), but I know you understand that they are tears of love and concern for you, our precious son. God speed you as you return to the next phase of this life-altering journey you have undertaken -- one that takes you so far from the family, friends and home you so dearly love. Stay strong and happy (as happy as you can be in such circumstances.)
We will ask God every day and many times a day to keep you and your brothers and sisters safe as you work to complete this mission. I will pray, too, for enlightenment for those who would do you and others harm in God's name, by whatever name they call Him. We all know that it is their excuse to kill others and not the reason. We will pray, too, that the Iraqi people are given the strength and fortitude to fully join this fight and win against people possessed by such evil so that you may come home to us soon.
We know that you will call or email as soon as you are settled at your new camp, but it will not be soon enough. Call as often as you can so that we can tell you again how proud we are of you, how much we miss you and how much and how many love you! Watch the mail as there are already packages and letters making their way to you and your buds. You may be away from our persons, but you are always in our hearts.
Finally, drink lots of water, change your socks often, use bug repellant, watch out for the spiders (shudder), keep your kevlar on, eyes up and your butt down, zero up and aim true. We love you with all our hearts, son!!
All our love, Mom & Dad