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Off To Iraq And Back To War....Please send your wishes!

Audrey and DannyToday, November 8, 2007, Daniel Scott Brooks shipped out to Iraq!

Some of us find it easy enough to place the war and the turbulence of Iraq in the far reaching spaces of our minds and cognisance.

The news we read and hear on a day to day basis simply becomes the "norm". I find myself becoming hardened to the news reports and I try to look the other way.

Today the war hits close to home. From what I understand if you must be deployed to Iraq, The Green Zone is the place to be. Somehow, I'm not that comforted.

What is the Green Zone anyway?

The Green Zone, aka Emerald City, or The International Zone seems to have taken on an American personality of sorts. It's located in the heart of Baghdad and consists of 4 square miles of a compound (city) previously owned and occupied by the infamous Saddam Hussein and sons.

The US claimed the compound by force in April, 2003. With great loss of Iraqi lives and the damage and destruction of many existing buildings, the military take-over was successful. Saddam was dethroned.

The Green Zone has experienced many volatile changes over the course of its American History. It may be safer than the alternative zone called the Red Zone where the loss of life is a daily routine but somehow I am not that comforted. 

The Green Zone is enclosed with tall solid concrete walls yet it is not unheard of to have mortar shells and hand grenades aimed to overshoot the walls of the compound. Car bombs have found their way to the inside and our military men are armed and on guard with their AK-47s and heavy armaments. 

Although Danny spent his first tour of duty as a Chaplain's Assistant in Kuwait he has been reassigned. He will be distributing arms.

Because this area has become a United States Embassy and a melting pot of dignitaries and representatives of Britain, Iraqis, private contractors and others, the wall of military is fierce.

I must admit that have mixed feelings about this tour of duty. At this point I must silence myself of personal and political opinions. Even though I don't necessarily agree with our government and their reasoning of war, I vow never to forget our military troops that are standing behind the belief that "America the Free" is worth risking their lives.

***Please send Danny and the troops your Best Wishes!

God Bless America! We love you Danny!                                                             

Thank you Daniel Scott Brooks, Diana Brooks and little miss Audrey Elizabeth Brooks. Thanks to all our troops!

Audry at Ft Benning Sign



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Comment balloon 21 commentsDeb Brooks • November 11 2007 02:04PM


Godspeed Daniel. Keep your head down.
Posted by Kevin McGrath, Long & Foster Real Estate Companies (Long & Foster Real Estate Companies- Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania) over 11 years ago

Hi Debra,

I am very proud of Danny and our other brave fighting men, I wish him well and I will him and others in my prayers. I am hoping it will all end very soon, and the all will be coming home very soon. Stay Strong.


Posted by Anthony Stokes-Pereira, Realtor (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) over 11 years ago
Prayers and thoughts to Danny and all our troops on this Veteran's day and every day.  I live by an Air Force Base and know what it means when a transport comes in and a commercial size white jetliner.  I bow my head everytime I see and ask God to protect all aboard and all serving our country.
Posted by Kim Peasley-Parker (AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc.) over 11 years ago
Daniel, be safe, keep your wits about you and come home to those you love.
Posted by Kris Wales, Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI (Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center) over 11 years ago
This post has a very personal affect on me. Thank you, Hon, for writing this. God's safety to you, Son. And to all of the brave soldiers protecting freedom. Happy Veteran's Day. 
Posted by Debra and Scott Brooks, Lake Conroe Real Estate and Luxury Home Specialists! (Brooks Prime Properties, Lake Conroe) over 11 years ago
Thank you, Danny and the rest of our troops, for protecting us!  My prayers will be with you!
Posted by Alisa McKeel Willson, Certified Res. Appraiser (Appraisal Pros in Texas) over 11 years ago
Debra and Scott, My heart aches for you. I can't even imagine sending a son. My husband has been to Iraq twice and gearing up for the 3rd. But, I can't even imaging seeing one of my sons go. I will be praying for you and your family. That is the only thing that ever gets me through a deployment - my faith. God Bless you and your son, his wife and his cute little girl!!
Posted by Jo Olson, HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt - Stevens County (HOMEFRONT Realty) over 11 years ago
Wishing Danny and all the troops good health and a safe return home.  A heartfelt thank you for all that the soldiers are doing.
Posted by Jennifer Esposito (JenRan Realty, LLC) over 11 years ago

I will pray for him as much as I prayed for my son who was deployed twice. He's now back and by the grace of God in oone piece!

My son was trained in the Air Force Engineer corp, they gave him a quicky two week infantry training and an M-16 and put him in Iraq driving in convoys!

Posted by Armando Rodriguez, Orlando Homes 4 Sale, Real Estate Broker-GRI (QUEST REALTY SERVICES) over 11 years ago

Debra, May the Lord Keep your son safe and may he shine his face upon your family and give you peace.

 God Bless You your family Your son and all the troops.

Posted by Hugh Krone, Realtor, Sussex County NJ (Weichert Referral Associates) over 11 years ago
Debra, I echo Hugh's sentiments, I don't think it can be put any better then that.
Posted by Lysa Napolitano over 11 years ago

Debra, I will keep him in my prayers.  Our son got out of Iraq this last January and is looking to be deployed again this March.  Last time he was in Hit but this time is supposed to be somewhere around Baghadad. 

Is Daniel your son? 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago

I have said a prayer. And I will remember that Daniel has provided me with the freedom that I enjoy!!


Posted by Tom Burris, Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience (NMLS# 335055) over 11 years ago
Thank you all for your responses. I am going to send Danny the list of your responses in his Christmas package. Danny is my stepson and has been for half his life. I love him like my own. Audrey is my sweet baby. We don't get to see her enough. Again, thanks for the wishes! Debra
Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 11 years ago

This is now featured in,"Christianity and real Estate" per our rules for prayer requests, sis!!

May the Lord bless and keep him!!


Posted by Alexander Harb, Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing (Knights Investing) over 11 years ago
Best wishes Danny, God bless you and your fellow troops
Posted by Mitchell J Hall, Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn (Compass) over 11 years ago

Godspeed, Danny!

Debra and Scott, my heart goes out to you. My son received orders to Iraq after he'd been serving in the Air Force for 19 years. Fortune came our way, and instead of going to Iraq, he was able to serve his temporary duty at MacDill AFB in Tampa. He retired the following year, safe and alive. My heart goes out to all the military and to their families, who were not that lucky. 

Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) over 11 years ago
As a former Infantry Officer that served, my prayers as well as my respect are lifted for Danny and for you, the family that supports him.  Nothing is more important to a soldier in the field than support at home.  God Bless you and Keep you all.
Posted by Lance Cutsforth (RoboDocs) over 11 years ago

Debra, thanks for telling me how to find this post.  You have a very handsome son (stepson - practicaly the same) and a really cute grandaughter. 

I will pray for Danny's well being and for your continued strength in being strong for him.  Having been in the Army myself, I do know that many of those guys and gals believe in their job and are proud to be an American soldier.  They represent the strong, brave few that are willing to protect what our nations most cherishes...our freedom -- even when not everyone agrees with or understands the politics.  I suspect their news from the Armed Forces Network, if I recall the name different than what the media over here likes to portray.              

If he has to be there, it sounds like a blessing that he is in the Green Zone.  He has an extremely important job - especially considering the point of view of the guys waiting for those arms.  

Debra...given the magnitude of worry that you must have with regards to your son, thank you for your concern about my son on his trip to Georgia.  I appreciate it. 



Posted by Sondra Meyer:, See It. Experience It. Live It. (Star View Real Estate ) about 11 years ago

Sondra, you are a sweetheart. No kidding. Thank you. I worry every day. I pray he will get out of there in one piece and with a sound mind and with a wonderful future. I miss him so much. Thank you for your kind words and I am so glad you have Sean safe and it should be.

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 11 years ago

Is this Danny from Westwood High School in Palestine?  If so, Danny and I were great friends our senior year.  Send him best wishes & prayers for me!

Posted by Jennifer (Dulin) Chavers almost 10 years ago