Letter of the Week: Our soldier son likes doing his job


Published: Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 5:03 p.m.

We recently received a letter from our son, Sgt. James Lawrence Jr., who is currently serving his second one-year plus tour in Iraq. He is with the 501st MP Co. attached to the 1st Btn./101st Airborne in the Salah ad Din Province north of Baghdad.

His letter is dated Dec. 25, 2007, and was written after he had returned from "a routine patrol." We hear all too often about the bad things that are happening in Iraq. In fact, we very rarely hear, see or read about any of the positive things that are happening in Iraq.

Jamie is a career soldier and doesn't have to worry about selling papers or Nielsen ratings. He just tells things as he sees them through the eyes of a combat soldier who has volunteered to serve his country. The following is a direct quote from a portion of Jamie's letter to us:

"I'm happy to be doing my job over here rather than over there. It's a painstaking process to establish a democratic government out of chaos and ruins, but it's happening. Slowly but surely. The corrupt are being weeded out one by one, and eventually the right people will get put in the right positions. Every last one of us over here would rather be spending the holidays with our families and loved ones, but we all know the importance of our duty over here."

The next time someone complains to you about the war in Iraq remind them that we are making progress. Yes, we are paying a high price, but as the magnetic sign on my truck reads, "Freedom isn't Free."

May God bless and keep safe all of our troops serving in our armed forces.

Jimmy and Patty Lawrence,

Cedar Key

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