All political posturing and ideological prattling aside, what follows is a REAL letter from a REAL soldier, returning home in November, 2008, after 15 months commanding his battalion in Iraq.

All,

I wanted to thank you for your wonderful support and prayers over this past deployment. We've been greatly blessed by God in the way He has changed the hearts of the Iraqi people toward peace and given us safe passage through a year plus of operations. He has also watched over our families and friends like you. The final third of our soldiers and I fly home this weekend (Nov 15-16). I've attached a letter summarizing our tour with some pictures.

May God bless you where you are.

Sincerely,

Wendell