For the Soldiers!

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Real Estate Agent with ERA Henley Real Estate

Let me see, I'll start by saying thanks to everyone that posted on my first blog.  When I started it I had no idea what I was in store for and didn't know if I would do it again.  Now I feel obligated to do so and maybe there is just a small bit of pressure to deliver another great blog.  Maybe not, lol!  I am so glad that the first one is out of the way and now I am officially on the  blog bus>>>>>Blog Bus

 

Okay, maybe that is going a little overboard but hey, I thought it was funny. 

Well with this post I wanted to share with everyone a little bit of what myself and some of my fellow soldiers endured sometimes on a daily basis while deployed.

 

Dust Storm1Dust Storm2Dust Storm3

As you can see it was just nasty at times.  So next time you feel like complaining about the weather just remember what our soldiers are overseas enduring and say a prayer for them.  These are pics from my camera so believe me when I say it wasn't any fun on this particular day!  To go along with these wonderful weather conditions that you see above most days during the summer the temps vary from 110-140 degrees Fahrenheit.  That makes the time there so much more fun. <sarcasm> 

Hot as ???Notice the temperature pegged out over 120!

If you can't tell the picture above was IN THE SHADE!  To say I am glad to be home is an understatement.  I would also like to take this opportunity to push a couple of websites that supported me while I was there and continue to support the troops.  Just click here to adopt a soldier from Soldiers Angels.  It is a great program and another I like is Treat the Troops which sends cookies to troops and you can make donations if you would like.  If my last blog got the attention it got a blog for the troops had better generate some serious traffic.  If you know a soldier and you have his/her address, you better at least click on treat the troops and request some cookies for them.

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Rainer
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Joshua & Kathy Schmidt
ERA Henley Real Estate - Cabot, AR

Guess I posted this one a little late?

May 30, 2008 05:03 AM #1
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Richard Ives
Chicago, IL

Joshua, thanks for posting this.  Thanks to you and every soldier for all you have done and are doing for our country.

May 30, 2008 05:31 AM #2
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BLR Guy
BLRGUY(Beach & Luxury Realty Inc) - Saint Pete Beach, FL

Excellent Post Joshua!Keep that bus rolling!

Much success to you...

BLRGUY

May 30, 2008 08:53 AM #3
Rainer
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Joshua & Kathy Schmidt
ERA Henley Real Estate - Cabot, AR

Richard and BLRGUY, thanks!  I hope if you guys know a soldier that you request them some cookies.  Believe me, they will be appreciated.

 

 

Jun 02, 2008 05:09 AM #4
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Debbie Malone
Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management - Lynchburg, VA
From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369

Joshua and Kathy, amazing photo's...Though we know so many are serving in a desert, we don't fully realize the hardships you face on a daily basis. THANK YOU for serving!

Thanks for the links,  I can bake a mean cookie, I'm off to adopt a soldier!

Jun 03, 2008 12:56 AM #5
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Clint Miller
Real Estate Pipeline, Inc. - Missoula, MT

Joshua -- I for one am very thankful for the freedoms that you and others along side of you and before you have given up sooo much to protect.  Much thanks to you, to your wife, and to your family.

Jun 03, 2008 01:01 AM #6
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Yvette Smith
LONG & FOSTER - Williamsburg, VA
Realtor In Williamsburg VA, Homes for Sale

Hey Josh,

We're glad to have you home & I mean that!!  I've got a soldier of my own (husband), that I am thankful everyday that he's home unscathed.  Thanks for sharing!

Jun 03, 2008 12:59 PM #7
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Ed Vogt
Midwest Properties of Michigan - Grandville, MI
Grandville, MI Midwest Properties

Great story and pics.  120 is almost unthought of - yet ya'll lived it quite often.  Thank you.

Jun 04, 2008 11:46 PM #8
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Joshua & Kathy Schmidt
ERA Henley Real Estate - Cabot, AR

Debbie, Clint, Yvetter, and Ed, thanks for the props. 

Debbie-That will be one thankful soldier, I assure you.

Clint-Thank you, it is an honor to protect and serve I assure you.

Yvette-I wish you husband well and may all of his journeys lead him back home unscathed.

Ed-120 is hot, but 140-150 is almost unbearable.  Believe it or not, it gets that hot there.  I was fortunate enough to not have to be out in it that often, but I can't say the same for all of the soldiers.  Those men/women are the ones who deserve the most credit. 

Jun 16, 2008 04:47 AM #9
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Mandi Perkins
Pioneer Title Agency - Pinetop Lakeside, AZ

Thanks for sharing those Joshua. I will think of those next time I complain about the wind and dust here! I appriciate those links......off to check em out!....and Thank You!!

Sep 17, 2008 10:20 AM #10
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Joshua & Kathy Schmidt
ERA Henley Real Estate - Cabot, AR

Mandi-Thanks for stopping by.  Believe me, the links are great and every soldier appreciates any support they receive while deployed or even just a thank you when you see them on the street.

Sep 18, 2008 12:14 AM #11
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Michelle Tucker ~ Pooler Real Estate
!Daley Real Estate - Pooler, GA
Rincon~Savannah~Richmond Hill

Joshua & Kathy:  Thank you for serving and providing the freedom we have here in the US.  Going through a deployment is hard, especially when you hear others complaining about simple things, when all you can think about is your love one and what they are going through!  The sites you mentioned I have heard of but have never checked out.  In my office, we support the Wounded Warrior Backpack program. For each home that we close on the Broker and Realtor donate $50 each to the program.  The backpacks are full of misc. items and delivered to the wounded soldiers returning stateside.  The Non-Profit will send out a card to the client thanking them for their backpack to the program. 

Sep 18, 2008 12:54 AM #12
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Joshua & Kathy Schmidt
ERA Henley Real Estate - Cabot, AR

Michelle-Michelle, thanks for the info.  That sounds like a great program.  So you are around FT. Rucker, that is a destination I may be at for about a year if you get my drift.  I have been thinking about flight school, but haven't decided whether to go or not.  Thanks for stopping by!

Sep 18, 2008 03:17 AM #13
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Michelle Tucker ~ Pooler Real Estate
!Daley Real Estate - Pooler, GA
Rincon~Savannah~Richmond Hill

I think a year is an understatement!  That is what the other half told me too!  It will be a year next month and nowhere near completion.  I guess the training books say it can be completed within a year however, there are so many holds that it takes up to 2 - 2 1/2 to complete.  Best of luck.  My hub is enjoying it and says it is the best thing (I am thinking it is more a mid-life crisis thing).

 

Sep 18, 2008 01:54 PM #14
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Joshua & Kathy Schmidt
ERA Henley Real Estate - Cabot, AR

Michelle-This would be military flight school so it wouldn't last any longer than a year.  It is for rotary wing/helicopters.  I think it will be a blast.  I have a lot of friends that are pilots and they all seem to love it. 

Sep 19, 2008 02:26 AM #15
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Michelle Tucker ~ Pooler Real Estate
!Daley Real Estate - Pooler, GA
Rincon~Savannah~Richmond Hill

After reading your profile I see that your National Guard.  Yes they are in and out of here.  National Guard does not get stuck in bubbles and holds like active duty.  That is why we have been her a year so far.  We are waiting and waiting and waiting. 

Sep 19, 2008 09:07 AM #16
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Michelle-Well that isn't any fun, well other than your only about an hour and a half from the beach.  That is always good!  Do you know what he is wanting to fly?  Blackhawks, Apache, etc.?

Sep 19, 2008 10:09 AM #17
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Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Joshua, I just wanted agree with what the others have said. I have two nephews and a Brother in Law as well as many friends that I have met here in Pensacola. But I would not even pretend to know what you have been through. But I wanted to say I really am glad that their are a few in this world willing to sacrifice so much for what seems like so little thanks. But I really believe that most of the people are behind the military even the ones against the war.God Bless and stay safe. Glad to have you home.

Sep 23, 2008 12:31 AM #18
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Joshua & Kathy Schmidt
ERA Henley Real Estate - Cabot, AR

Charles-Thanks for the good wishes and thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on my post.  A lot of us are proud to serve and I for one am very proud.  I know and have met a lot of good people in the military and can be proud of the things I have done and the friends I have made.

Sep 23, 2008 05:16 AM #19
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