My Marine

This is my son Justin, he is a Corporal in the U.S. Marines. He was stationed in Iraq last year, at the base in Al Asad. On May 28, 2005 he was seriously wounded by a roadside bomb just outside of Baghdad. He had very extensive injuries to his legs, including a severed femoral artery and a lot of shrapnel. After a long recovery, several skin grafts and a LOT of prayer, he is as recovered as he ever will be. His legs still give him pain, particularly his left leg which received the worst of the injury. He re-enlisted in November of 2005.

On Monday July 24, 2006 Justin left for his second deployment to Iraq. Hard enough to believe that he can run 3 miles on legs that were so severly injured, but it’s REALLY hard to believe that he’s back there again!!!


9 thoughts on “My Marine

  1. I know you are so proud of him, and although that you miss him very much. He is doing what he feels is right.

  2. Wow Tammy what a post. My heart goes out to your family and all that you’ve been thru. My cousins are currently actively serving in Iraq as well. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Tammy my thoughts and prayers will be with you and your son while he is back in Irag. My son had three tours in Irag and is now back in the civilian life, and I can just imagine how you must feel to have him back there especially since he was hurt the first time. He is definately a special person that you have every right to be proud of.

  4. Your post about your son brought tears to my eyes. He is a truly special person and has my deepest respect and gratitude. He will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. here’s to the boys in blue…i’ve got a friend over there too! i can’t imagine what it would be like to have a son over there!

  6. I can understand your pride in your son. What a brave young man to re-enlist. I pray that his legs get stronger each day and that God will always be by his side.

  7. Men like your son amaze me every day! It is just incredible that he reinlisted and went back to Iraq after an injury like that I dont think I would of gone back had that of been me! I would probably have Nightmares for the rest of my life. He is so Strong and so lucky to have a mother like you to be so proud of him. My Heart goes out to the both of you. I have a cousin who was in the Marine Corp.
    HE was stationed in Kuwait and now is home. I had a friend be killed by a tragic mine in IRAQ.. This war is so horrible. Men like your son have my sincerest prayers.

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