Bob called me yesterday morning, seeking out Pam's phone number, which I couldn't seem to locate, unfortunately. I knew he was leaving soon on his trip and wished him safety and a good flight. It was good to hear his voice, although he had a great deal of sadness in it regarding John's funeral and missing him and not having the Festival anymore to bring us all together like we had been so blessed to do for so many years. He was in tears and really touched my heart.
Bob~~remember that we all love you and care for you and, despite not having a yearly place to meet up right now, we are still your family and our thoughts and prayers are always with you. Wherever you go, we go with you in heart and spirit. If you're thinking of us FTs, you can pretty much bet that we are also thinking of you at any given moment.
John's funeral will be a difficult one for you and your family, but it will also give you a sense of closure and, hopefully, some peace and comfort. John has been in Heaven for several months now, which is exactly where he wanted to be. He was a good, kind, funny man who was fun to be around. He is probably putting a smile on the faces of the angels.
The SSS denying John is absolutely ludicrous. Sometimes the government doesn't have a clue as to what's going on and who should truly be allowed Disability Benefits. Bob, I know you fought for your benefits for a very long time, and John being denied was a terrible travesty. Our servicemen should be honored and taken care of. Serving our country is no small task; some men carry the severe limitations that being in the military have cost them. Not a small price by any means. John deserved our country's respect and all benefits available to him. He served America for such a long time, and with total dedication for our country and the very ground we stand on.
Rest assured that our hearts go with you to John's funeral, Bob. Find some comfort also in those family members you told me you didn't know but were going to meet this weekend, and may God bless you and all those who will be attending John's services. Your brother was a shining example, as are you, of what our servicemen will give to hold onto the freedoms and blessings that we have in this country. You've both given so much to see Old Glory flying high, and flying proudly.........and we honor your devotion to us all as Americans.
May God be with you during this weekend and return you home safely. Know that we are with you even though we aren't standing beside you physically. Take care, and remember that you were a loving, caring, compassionate big brother to John.