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.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Day 331 - Thank a Soldier Week

The day after Iraqi elections, the folks over at Mudville Gazette published the text of a speech by Congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina, encouraging Americans to participate in
Thank a Soldier Week.

As a member of Congress, I have had the unique opportunity to visit your battlefields and witness your many successes. Each week, you are capturing terrorists, rebuilding communities, and giving people around the world the chance to experience opportunities that only exist in free nations. Although the media rarely reports your victories, I strongly believe that the American people recognize that you are making tremendous progress.
The threat of terrorism is not temporary and your service will remain essential for years to come. We will continue to stand behind you and to entrust you with the duty of protecting our country and our families. As you resolve crises and destroy the enemies of democracy throughout the world, you reflect precisely why we must prevail in this war. You are the definition of decency, the embodiment of excellence, and the meaning of strength. Your presence abroad is securing our safety at home.
American soldiers are risking their lives all over the globe defending America's interests and defending the freedoms that many of us take for grantedDuring Thank a Soldier Week (December 19-25), we join to encourage Americans to stop for a moment and give thanks to the men and women risking everything for us. Messages to Thank a Soldier will be randomly distributed to soldiers separated from their families during the holiday season.

To thank Wayne personally, post a comment. Wayne usually checks in daily.