Staff SGT Donald Wayne West, Jr., enlisted in the United States Army National Guard on September 11, 2001. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Company A of the 150th Combat Engineers served active duty Aug 29, 2004, until Dec 30, 2005. SSGT West returned to college in January, 2006. He married Lauren Ritchie June 9, 2006, at Seaside, Fla., and they have three children. SSGT West completed military service at Camp Minden, LA on Aug 23, 2009.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Day 300 - More Good News Monday

It’s hard to follow yesterday’s post where Bret McCormick shared why Veterans Day is still important, but we'll try.

This morning I read a heartwarming story of the North Jackson Lions Club, a group of compassionate do-gooders who collected school supplies for children in Iraq through the request of one of their members called to active duty in Iraq.

According to the story posted online by The Clarion Ledger, Major Eddy Waller, son of a former governor and brother of a state Supreme Court justice, is serving active duty in Iraq with the 155th Brigade Combat Team, a National Guard unit out of Tupelo.

When the club asked Waller what they could collect to send him, Waller jumped on the opportunity to deflect their generosity to needy schoolchildren in Iraq.

“For Eddy to come back and say, 'Don't send things to us soldiers, but help us with this school we're adopting," Mark Maxwell, Morgan Keegan brokerage executive and Lions Club president, says. "These guys are in harm's way. We're thinking about them, but they're thinking about others…”
(Photo by The Clarion Ledger. Read the entire story here.)

And if you didn't take time to watch this video yesterday, it's worth a couple of minutes Before You Go. (Hat tip to our friend, veteran and blogger-commenter-extraordinaire Duane Vandenburg.)