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11/01/11  

Dear Captain Bob, I just wanted to thank you again for all your help and the help of the very dedicated Patriot Guard. The White & Stumpf families were very relieved to have the Patriot Guard presence at this difficult time. I do not think that I could find a more respectful or sincere group of people, myself and my family applaud your efforts in the emotional times that are associated with these horrible losses. I will be forever grateful and supportive of the Patriot Guard.

Thank You again,
Ron Miller        


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11/01/11

Dear Sir,

I am a OPGR Dist. 6 member. I wanted to express my deepest gratitude for your careful diligence and ability to allow us the honor to have this be a mission for Dist. 6. I am not a veteran, my Dad is USMC WWII and will be 92 years on this earth this Thursday Nov. 6th. I joined the PG to honor him personally and all who stand or stood for us.

I was local to this particular mission. This young ladies Mom worked with us in our farm market baking for us, this young lady attended the same high school as my daughters and ran cross country as do my daughters. She grew up less than 5 miles from our family farm.

I was torn in my heart as I knew what was happening here and not seeing a mission. I know missions are not about us, but to have travelled to so many other places to honor others I felt an empty feeling at the thought of not being able to extend the same respect in my own backyard. At the same time I could not possibly understand the whole gamete of feelings and emotions the family was dealing with, and actually felt bad my thoughts were not more “pure” of mind. The process had to unfold.

When it did become a mission I was both relieved and saddened at the same time. The fact that it was now a mission meant it was truly real, and another soldier was gone but at least we could now help to show my community and others that she mattered, her life had meaning, and we as members of OPGR could be there for her family if needed.

I learned so much on this mission being close to the source, being in touch with Dave and seeing it unfold as an official mission. There is much work to be done a short period of time that must be done with sensitivity and tact yet in a expedient manner. You do a great job and service to us members and our nation.

I attended all aspects of the mission, only missing a couple hours of guard during calling hours, the first time I had done a “complete” mission. I will never forget the medal ceremony, roll call near the end really impacted me.

On the final day, when we helped to take her to her final resting place I invited my 15 year old daughter Breanne to ride with me and she agreed to come along. This was one of the best father/daughter life lessons I could have possibly taught her, I very much appreciate the structure of the PG and it accessibility while maintaining quality and purpose. While as a parent you can’t always be laying “heavy” stuff on your children when raising them, but as life lessons go this one was I think she will both cherish and reflect upon for years to come.

Thank you for your efforts, and take care

Hakuna Matata (no worries)

Bill Bakan

 

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