September 7, 2014 – 4th Floor

We never know who or how many we’ll serve at a luncheon.  Today’s luncheon was busier than we’ve seen in a while.  I don’t know if it’s because we’re on the events calender now or because the fighting has increased ‘over there”.  Sure, there’s a draw-down.  The fighting is still happening.  In Afghanistan, and now we’re back in Iraq – sort of.  Who knows where this will lead…

09/07/2014 03:55 AM CDT


September 07, 2014

Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby on Haditha Dam Airstrikes

“At the request of the Government of Iraq, the U.S. military on Saturday conducted coordinated airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists in the vicinity of the Haditha Dam in Anbar province. We conducted these strikes to prevent terrorists from further threatening the security of the dam, which remains under control of Iraqi Security Forces, with support from Sunni tribes.
“The strikes were flown by aircraft under the control of U.S. Central Command. The strikes were conducted under authority to protect U.S. personnel and facilities, support humanitarian efforts, and support Iraqi forces that are acting in furtherance of these objectives.
“We will continue to conduct operations as needed in support of the Iraqi Security Forces and the Sunni tribes, working with those forces securing Haditha Dam.
“Sitting astride the Euphrates River, the Haditha Dam provides fresh water for millions of Iraqis, as well as their crops. It is the second largest hydroelectric contributor in the power system in Iraq.
“The potential loss of control of the dam or a catastrophic failure of the dam – and the flooding that might result – would have threatened U.S. personnel and facilities in and around Baghdad, as well as thousands of Iraqi citizens.”


Many thanks to today’s crew for taking a beautiful Sunday to serve the Warriors, their families, and the other patients on the 4th floor, TBI Ward, and the CCU families.  I wasn’t there. Elizabeth sent the AAR and Mary took the pictures.



Chicken Noodle Soup

Tomato Soup

Sandwich Platter– Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef

Tuna Salad

Tomatoes and Mozzarella Salad

Fresh Fruit Salad

Cheese Platter

Bags of Chips

Assorted bottled/can drinks




A bit from Elizabeth:

Stephanie and I went down to ICU… Two of the nurses/corpsmen on the ICU unit knew all about us and were very helpful. We ran into Sgt Major P. as he was visiting in ICU. There was one family there that we did bring up with us. They had a cute little 2 year old who loved watching Bob make his smoothie. He hung onto the edge of the table and watched Bob’s every move.

We do not provide food for the CCU patients, they are usually on special diets or can’t have solids.  However the luncheons are a nice break and a distraction for their families.

The 4th floor consists of more than one ward and serves other types of patients in addition to combat wounded.  A Dad asked Jillian and Hallie to visit his daughter.  Can you tell they’re Orioles fans?  🙂  In an environment of mostly males, they were welcomed visitors for her.

Jillian, Bob, Gladys, and Hallie


Sounds like the event was a hit.  Many thanks to those of you who support the luncheons.  It means so much to those we serve.




Please keep our military and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

Until next time…

Love and Hugs,