On January 2, 2005, my wife's first cousin-in-law, Jay McKeefer, headed to Iraq as part of the largest deployment in history of the Texas Army National Guard.
In spite of being in his early 40s, Jay felt the need to do more to support his country in the aftermath of 9/11. As an Army veteran, the Guard was a natural choice. So Jay got back in shape and joined about a year and a half ago.
I don't know which part of Hell^h^h^h^hIraq Jay will be serving in, but I'm not sure any place is any better, or worse, than another. But I know that the next year, or more, will be a very stressful one for his wife and young son, and for all those who know and love him.
We'll be praying for you, Jay.