m.and.m wrote:Tell him the we are proud of his decision to enter the service. We certainly will think about him often. One thing though, if he's new to the service, make sure you tell him to document everything that happens.
1. Take a good, tough, digital and tell him to take pictures of everything he does. Take hundred of pictures and when he gets a chance to get online have him send them to you with an explanation of what they are.
2. Take pictures of any drums, boxes, or material that he is in contact with.
3. Tell him to make a journal and have him write in it daily.
4. Get the names and addresses of his buddies, and make sure he writes down their parents names.
5. Get the same information on his immediate supervisor and all superiors in his chain of command.
6. Make sure that he notes any changes of personnel regardless of why they changed.
7 If he's given any medication to take in the field, tell him to ask what it does, who gave it to them and if possible, keep one just in case, someday he needs it analyzed.
8. Ir's ok for him to ask questions, he may not get straight answers but at least he will document his question and the response.
9. If he is given papers from HQ or the personnel office, keep them and as soon as he has a chance have him mail them to you.
10. If he decided to get out at the end of his enlistment, make sure that he gets a copy of his service record and medical record.
This list is not all inclusive and there may be other things that the members on the board think of that I missed. It's important that he is aware of the importance of information relating to his service and how such information may be very valuable years after he leaves the service. He needs to treat this project like "collectibles". They may not seem valuable now, but they will be invaluable in the future.
Many regards and tell him our thoughts and prayers are with him.
jim_m wrote:My Son will be deploying to Afganistan in about 2 weeks.He is in the Navy and is a SeaBee,mechanical and heavy equipment.I would ask for you to please remember him in your prayers. His name is Patrick Mahaffey.I know that I would be Honored,and he will be too,to know that such an honorable and patriotic group such as this will be praying for his safe return.
Thank you and God Bless. Jim
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