Let me set the scene. Our son Jeremy, a US Marine got home from Iraq October 19th, he was slated after leave for several schools/courses.
However when he got off the bus he was not well, he toughed it out but the next day he was in the emergency room and spent a week in hospital, with abscesses on his appendix which resulted from his appendix rupturing in several places, because he was young and fit his body fought this by forming the abscesses, however it made him very sick. The result was he had his appendix removed in January. He is slated for return to Iraq in October. He really wanted to go to dive school as it is a component of his unit, underwater reconnaisance and dropping in by air, he already has his wings and this course would give him the scuba badge.
Since the operation he has been truly messed around.
Below is a combination of two emails he sent us from this week...Did God intervene for him...
Wednesday we got this email.
Ok, so here's the low down:
I got back from Iraq and I had a dive slot
I got my appendix out and they took it away
during prescuba Wednesday they gave it back
then Friday they took it away again
then after prescuba about a week later they told me I was going
then they said no because of my physical condition
then I got that signed off and they said I was going
then today they tell me I'm on standby and I'm not going unless someone can't go in the next two days.
then they tell me that they'll get me on the next one, but you have to have 1 year of service after graduation and I won't. I will have 1 year left may 10th and this class graduates April 20th which means this is the last class I can take
if you are ever curious if I am planning on staying in the military, this should clear it up for you.
Thursday we got this following email:
So two awesome things happened today and one good one:
the speeding ticket that i got coming back from daniels on jan 29th or so was costing me $460 for the attorney fees but i wouldn't get my license taken away. i sent in the check last week and the forms. i was doing 80 in a 55 they said but i had thought the limit was 70 and i thought i was going only 75 max. well i get a call from the attny and this dialogue follows: "Mr. Vandekar, we received your check and it's your lucky day."
"oh yeah? Why's that?" I ask
"Well we have to send the check back."
damn i guess they don't accept personal checks, which means i'll be pressed for time to send another one. maybe she was sarcastic about the lucky day thing. She continues...
"During the time period when you got your ticket on that particular stretch of road, the police radar detectors were malfunctioning. All the tickets were dropped"
"WOAH! SICK! wait, i don't know if i got mine due to a radar. are you sure mine's dropped?" I replied skeptically.
"Yes sir. We checked your case. your ticket is completely erased. it's as if it never happened. There doesn't even have to be a judge appearance. Did I just make your day?"
"Yes you did ma'am. Thanks. Catch you on the flip side homie." *CLICK*
so that was cool. second thing...
B Co is shooting mortars today and i didn't go because i hate B Co and i'd be sitting around in the grass not doing anything. So i was in the office getting signed out for dive school thinking i was going. Top (what you call a certain rank) gives me the form to check out and says, "You know you're still on standby right?" I didn't, so i shake my head. and he says he'll promise he'll get me into any school next. i'm the hot-fill guy which means every school that comes up, i'm the #1 choice, good or bad school. But i wanted dive. I go around the offices checking out anyway getting things signed and what not then i sit in the B Co office. Just me and Top sitting there, not doing anything. Looking at the walls, bored. Suddenly the door opens and the guy in charge of schools for the Bn. comes in and says that someone has dropped out and he needs someone to go. I was sitting there so Top gives me the slot and i went and filled out my orders. i'm leaving in two days.
Cool huh? Jeremiah
(He has arrived in Florida at Panama City as you read this, having driven through Friday night to get there. Also, if you ever wonder about gear he has, a lot he buys himself, he had to buy an underwater compass, a dive watch, new boots as the boots he had in Iraq were not allowed here, 7 t-shirts, 6 shorts, 3 swim suits and some other gear as well.)
God is awesome, it is a hard course so please pray he will do well and even that he might graduate top of the class.