MAY 5, 2011
FROM MARYANNE CURTIN / JOHN'S MOTHER
John and Ben are currently on a bike ride with the Wounded
Warriors. They started yesterday and will return to DC on Sunday.
They are in a group of about 50 people including caregivers and
Wounded. I spoke with Ben this evening and he said that John is very
tired but he is glad to be on the outing. John chose to stay in the hotel
room this evening because he was just too tired to make it to dinner. It
is an introduction to the "real world" and what they will encounter on
the outside, dealing with the ignorance from others as well as the
physical challenges they will face. Ben said that it is very challenging
but because they are in a large group they all work together and it
makes it easier for the Wounded men. It is physically very hard for
these guys and each day it is a challenge just getting them on and off
the buses with the bikes and the wheelchairs etc., Ben said that these
things are the most difficult. Ben is also learning what John will
physically need from him to help him function in the outside world. He
said "Anything he needs I can do for him."
Commanding Officer update
04 MAY 2011
To the Families:
“America’s Battalion” is now well past the half way point of deployment, and the Marines and Sailors continue to make significant progress. It is an honor to fight along side them. In the last month, every company has had multiple villages standup and throw out the Taliban. With the help of the Marines, ANA, and AUP, these villages are securing large parts of our Area of Operations. Today one of the villages laid the foundation for a boys and girls school. Your Marines and Sailors have truly impacted the lives of the people within Northern Marjah through their compassion for the people, superb partnering with the Afghan Security Forces, and relentless destruction of the enemy. The Sergeant Major and I had an opportunity to visit Echo Company in Sangin a week ago. We traveled to each patrol base with Captain Baker and First Sergeant Cox. The Marines’ spirits were high and their performance remarkable. They are unquestionably the best Company in their current Battalion. We were fortunate to spend time with them and had a great visit.We miss each of you and our fallen and wounded brothers. We will continue to fight the good fight until our return. Semper Fidelis, LtCol J.D. Harrill
MAY 24, 2011
MARYANNE CURTIN...MOTHER OF A MARINE
"Support our armed forces if not the war itself, they need us when they come home!"
MAY 26, 2011
MARYANNE CURTIN - MOTHER OF A MARINE
SUPPORT THE WOUNDED WARRIORS, THEY DO SO MUCH FOR THE ARMED FORCES. THEY ARE THE ONES WHO GIVE THESE OPPORTUNITIES TO OUR MEN AND WOMEN. THEY HELP TO INSTILL HOPE IN THE WOUNDED AND SHOW THEM THEY CAN STILL FUNCTION IN OTHER CAPACITIES; THEIR DEDICATION IS CRUCIAL TO RECOVERY. THIS IS A WONDERFUL WAY TO SUPPORT ALL OUR MEN AND WOMEN
May 26, 2011
John is learning how to scuba dive at Walter Reed! He went yesterday and by becoming certified he will be eligible to make trips with the veterans all around the world to dive. He is extremely excited about it!