Letter Writing Request

[UPDATE] Lauren has received over 350 emails requesting the adress to which they can send letters. That is an awesome achievement in just 48 hours since posting. My posting for the next week will be greatly sporadic and I apologize for having to leave while this is going on. My letters will be in the mail tomorrow. We sat down tonight for a Family Home Evening and each of us wrote the family ourselves and drew pictures. Thank you so much for posting this on your blogs or sending emails to all your contacts. It’s not important that people come to this site for information, I’m not looking for publicity. Just let them know who to contact to send their letters. I am truly blessed to be associated with everyone helping this effort.

SGT Rickey Jones
Army SGT Rickey Jones, 21, of Kokomo, Ind; killed Feb. 22 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee during patrol operations in Hawijah, Iraq

I am trying to help organize a letter writing campaign to the family of SGT Rickey Jones. As you may have read earlier, their home was vandalized by idiots who wouldn’t understand patriotism if it flew a plane through their bedroom window.

If you own a blog, please post this effort on your respective blogs and ask your readers to post it on their blogs. If you are as disgusted as I am and would like to write a letter to have delivered to this family, please email Lauren (MyWay716@aol.com) for more information. The good people over at Operation Military Pride are helping facilitate the delivery of these letters.

This family recently lost a son and shouldn’t have to deal with people like Fred Phelps and the people responsible for the egging of their home and irreverent phone calls. If you feel the same way I do, please email her and write this family a letter of support and love. Let them know that we appreciate their son’s service and mourn their loss. Let’s show them what America is really made of. This isn’t about whether or not you support the war. This is about common decency for a family that has suffered the ultimate sacrifice…having to bury a child. Thank you in advance. When this is over, I want the post office to have to hire new postmen just to handle the volume. Yes, it’s a challenge, as LinkedinUSAF would say.

Helping In The Campaign:
Hilary-Dilary Dock
Media Lies
Linked In USAF
Terri’s Thoughts
Proud Army Mom
Poohette’s Place
Hammering Sparks From The Anvil
Political Bloviation
My Daily Rant
Soldier’s Angels New York
Something…And Half Of Something
Machelle’s Blog
Gribbit’s Word
Big Dog’s Weblog
Cao’s Blog
Right Truth
Is It Just Me
A Rose By Any Other Name
Republican Witch
Landry’s Life
Blue Star Chronicles
Iraq War Today
The Bos’un Locker
A Lady’s Ruminations
The Irate Nation
Small Town Veteran
Dead Blogger’s Society
The Conservative Insurgent
American Daughter
The Uncooperative Blogger
Christian Pundits
Liberty Bell
The C-Square
My Life
Da Goddess
Christine Murphy Dot Net
Blonde Sagacity
Makenzie’s Thoughts Of A Strange Strange World
In Training

This is fast becoming a huge success. Before I post any more links, I want to take the time to thank all the bloggers who have posted this, either off my site or another. It means a lot to me that there is so much support for our soldiers. I know the family will be pleased and their spirit’s uplifted. If I’ve forgotten anyone, please let me know.

70 Comments on “Letter Writing Request

  1. I’m not sure if you got my email, but I responded to the one you put on the post (that only I can see). I’d like to answer your questions directly instead of engaging in religion bashing publicly. I approved this comment, removing the comment about mormons being as bad as Fred Phelps. I’ll ignore that comment.

    During the darkest years of the AIDS epidemic I didn’t have a blog to protest Phelps’ actions. Had I one at the time you better believe I would have said the exact same thing. It was wrong!! Heck, I was still in school at the time. Fred Phelps deserves a fate far worse than AIDS will ever inflict on anyone. Likewise I didn’t have a blog when Shepard was killed, but I mourned his loss and wished a death sentence against those that killed him. You’ve got me on the Randy Shilts thing. I don’t even know who that is. But, I’m sure I feel the same way.

    The fact of the matter is that Fred Phelps’ church is a band of idiots and miscreants. They are the least Christian “christians” I’ve ever heard of. Believe me or not because I’m a Mormon, these are my views.

    I’m a convert to the Mormon religion. I’ve never thought homosexuality was right, but that never stopped me from being their friends. No church ever imposed that belief on me. I have spoken MANY times on this very blog about how I think it is wrong that military doesn’t allow openly gay soldiers to serve. I think it’s a flawed policy. The problem with my position is that it’s logistically cost prohibitive. Everything from dorms, to tent allotment, to bathing facilities would have to be changed. I’ve had soldiers who worked for me that were gay. I never turned them in until they asked me to so they could get out of the Army. They were just as good, in some cases better, than other soldiers.

    Next time you want to question my motives on something, how about getting the whole story. Just because I don’t agree with the sin, doesn’t mean I hate the sinner. Give me a break. This website is not set up for gay bashing. It’s a soldier’s perspective.

  2. Mr. Smith,

    I would like to address your post without this becoming a back and forth issue. You are entitled to your opinion as I am entitled to mine.

    You see sir I feel for your loss of your home on 9-11 because I like you are a New Yorker. I lost many, many friends that day in those towers. I worked in New York for the Stock Market for many years. I had lots of friends in Cantor Fitzgerald. I had lunch plans that day with 2 friends of mine from Cantor who as we will know anyone in that company never made it out. Growing up in NY every other one of friends became fire fighters. That day I lost 15 friends (fire fighters) – 3 of which their bodies were never recovered. I have years of memories of the Trade Center.

    As far as you contracting AIDS I’m sorry for you. But you write who the hell needs you now and that is your opinion. But the families of these soldiers need and want us now. I am going to continue to do what I do no matter anyones opinion on it.

    You know what sir as I said I am sorry you contracted AIDS but the Military didnt give it to you and neither did the soldiers.

    Just my opinion….

  3. I’m a gay veteran with AIDS who got bombed out of his home on Sept. 11th (see my Weblog noted above), so no one here should have a problem with my patriotism, at least (although the reference to “Family Home Evening” indicates you’re LDS).

    My question to all of you is: Where were you when the Phelps people were tormenting all of us at the hundreds upon hundreds of funerals of people with AIDS during the darkest years of the epidemic in our nation? Where were you when they went to Wyoming to cheer the death of Matthew Shepard? Where were you when they came to San Francisco to praise God for the death of Randy Shilts, the pioneering HIV reporter who saved thousands of lives?

    Where the hell were you then?

    And who the hell needs you now?

    Joseph Smith

  4. How many members of Westboro “Baptist” Church are veterans?
    I am a Baptist and a veteran and I would rather fire our preacher and burn my church than desecrate a funeral.

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  7. I am posting a link for this on my blog. I don’t understand how people can do this to a family who has just lost someone. What is wrong with people today?

  8. You guys are awesome. I have gotten very close to 450 emails. Now I want to see my mailman need some time off rom delivering all of the cards and letters to my mailbox!!

  9. I’m sure everyone remembers Mr. Rogers; several generations now have grown up watching his gentle kids’ show. When he died a few years ago, that Fred Phelps bunch protested his funeral. Their reason was that Mr. Rogers loved everybody, no matter who they were, and that that was anti-Christian. I hope that these poor people who lost their son don’t have to put up with these wackos anymore. However, if they do I hope they can understand just how little these people matter in the world, and they can manage to get on with their grief and their lives in a healthy way. It’s just awful.

  10. Sorry for your loss,your son is a hero and he fought for our everyday freedoms. i have friends that have died but they did what they needed to do.

  11. I’ve posted this on three of my sites, including my crafting blog, in the hope that my crafty friends will see it and make nice cards for this family. I am off to work on my card now.

    I am completely disgusted by this whole thing. My deepest sympathies to that family.

  12. I am appalled that people can be so irreverent and insensitive.

    This is a sad, sad world we live in when people can’t moarn a loss of a son in peace.

  13. It sickens me that these poor families not only lost their loved one but have deal with being harrassed. The fallen soldiers and their families deserve the utmost respect and should mourn in peace. This is such a wonderful thing you’re doing, I just posted something, hopefully it will help spread the word. Thank you for doing this, for helping let the families know how much we REAL AMERICANS appreciate what the soldiers have done for us.

    Let me know what else I can do, I’d like to write letters too.

  14. Milblogger Campaign: Letter Writing Request

    In classic anti-war-anti-troops-anti-Bush fashion, somebody has vandalized the family home of Army SGT Rickey Jones who was killed in Iraq on Feb 22nd. It’s one thing to stand on some corner dressed in a Code-Pinker Barney outfit while waving a Peace sign that says, “I’m a lunaticâ€?… and Yes, I hate Code-Pinkers… But harassing a family who just lost their son: that’s crap. CJ of A Soldier’s Perspective is organizing a letter writing campaign to show the family our support.

  15. As of right now I have gotten 385 emails and 15 letters emailed to me which I printed out to send.

    Anyone who hasn’t gotten an email back from me I am working on the rest of them now.

    Thanks everyone….

  16. I live in Kokomo, IN

    I just got back from the funeral. Stood outside the cemetary holding a flag along with many others. No sign of protestors. Hundreds of people drove by many on motorcycles. A cold foggy rainy day. Lots of police around keeping things in order.

    I am against this Iraq invasion, but I am glad those protestors didn’t show. The moment was powerful and it seemed to me that to see people there shouting about gays would have enraged alot of people. It was probably better for their safety they didnt show.

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  18. I’m going to have my Girl Scout troop make cards for the family. I’m also posting this on my blog as well. CJ and Lauren – thank you so much for bringing this to my attention. Lauren is awesome for doing this for the family.
    : – )

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  20. CJ and Lauren, once I receive the address consider the letter on its way to Sgt. Jones’ family. Incredible how people can lose their humanity in such situations, especially when the culprits invoke the name of God. Thanks for your efforts! Michael in Tampa, proud father of a U.S. Army Paratrooper.

  21. I ache that you have to experience this. Best wishes to you and yours.

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  24. Thank you CJ for calling this to our attention. Also I thank Lauren for mailing our letters to the family.

    I just wrote my letter to the family. I just want them to know that we are all standing with them in their time of sorrow. May God Bless them!

  25. Everyone, thank you so much. The response to this has been unbelievable. I can’t thank you enough.

    Tonight, my family sat down for a Family Home Evening and wrote the family cards and letters ourselves. Chris drew a nice picture and wrote a moving letter. Anissa did the same. The next step is that we each write our letters to the family as well. Thanks again.

  26. CJ, this really is amazing how this post has taken off. Great to see the spirit of Americans.

  27. I have gotten 350 emails as of right now.

    I have to say in doing this I have spoken to so many unbelievable people. People whose stories have touched my heart. I am so proud of how many Americans still do care and are willing to take time to write a letter or send a card.

    This had started off for me as a project now it is a mission!!
    I want the family of Sgt. Rickey Jones to know without a shadow of a doubt that Americans do care about her loss and feel her pain and yet know we will never forget!!

    CJ, many, many thanks to you for without you this mission would never be accompolished.

  28. I just wanted to let you know I completely support this, and I have posted; the trackback didn’t take. Fabulous idea!

    I cannot understand people like this and I don’t want to understand them.

  29. I posted this over at the Toby Keith fanclub message board because there are a lot of military supporters there and I found this posted today…..

    ….I was happy to get on here this afternoon to find this thread….I happen to live here in Kokomo,IN which happens to be where our fallen soldier is from…Our city is very much prepared for this ….Ricky’s visitation is today and I just came in from running some errands and had to come past the funeral home …..Our city police department is heavily in the area of the funeral home and our local ABATE club is there supporting this family and all of the respectful people who are attending….I did not see any of these potesters in the area….Our city has been very much supporting this family all week long, this community is a very caring and giving community.
    Our city officials have ask that we line our city streets with support for the funeral persession tomorrow….

    Someone else posted that the governor did indeed sign the bill to keep the protestors at leaset 500 feet away from funerals. Still too close, if you ask me, but it is a start.

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  32. Got this posted. Maybe it’s a good time to write to your Representative and Senator too, about the heinous acts of Fred Phelps and his followers.

  33. I would like to thank everyone who is helping out with this. I have received about 225 emails as of this morning.

    Some people have emailed their letter of support to the Jones’s family and I have been printing them out and putting them in the box that will be going to the family.

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  35. I just found out from the Patriot Guard Riders site that the governor of Indiana signed a bill Thursday making it a felony if Phelps and crew get within 500 feet of any part of the Jones funeral. That doesn’t change the need for the cards and letters, but it is good news.

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  40. Very sad story. I’m happy to send them a note of support and to post this story on my blog.

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  42. Sgt Jones Family have seen the worst America has to offer in a sick and ugly series of harassments in their time of grief. Now every American of caring and compassion has the opportunity to wiegh in as the 180 degree opposite of what they have seen so far. The lasting impression will be the overwhelming one that showers them with cards, letter, and caring. My letter is ready to mail and hope yours is as well.

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  45. I’ve posted this story on my blog, too. It so saddens me that people are this way. Whatever happened to common decency?

  46. CJ thanks for the info and letting us in on this I am going to email Lauren now to get more info I hope this is a HUGE out come!!! I agree this family has been through enough and hope this will lift their spirits higher!!!
    Again CJ thanks!!
    Jeanene in Kansas

  47. I’m going to post this on my myspace blog CJ…I lost track of my other blog

  48. I will be emailing to collect more information to publish on my blog. Wish I could be there to file charges, provide photographic evidence and repel the traitors.

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  50. I have posted a blog in support of your effort. Please let me know if their is anything else I can do to assist.

  51. Today’s (4 March 2006) headline in the Kokomo newspaper:


    Sad, isn’t it, that police need to be on hand at a soldier’s funeral, not to escort to the gravesite, but to make sure that the soldier’s family isn’t bothered with those who want to tear them down.

    I am in the process of writing the family a letter but I am at a loss of words. How do words tell someone how you feel about their son and you’ve never met them in your life? How do words help one feel the comfort you are trying to express in writing? I know they will know I am sincere, but I hope they will feel the love and compassion I have for them and their son when they open my letter and read it.

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  53. The reason I asked CJ to help with this project is because I know not only can he get the word out but he does things with 1000% effort. Thats one of the many reasons I will always consider him a hero.

    I want to show Sgt. Jones’ family that there are a lot more Americans out there that do care. That we will always be grateful to their son.

    So come on everyone just shoot me an email and I will let you know where to send them.

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  56. Hey CJ I am a friend of Hil’s and I just wanted to let you know I posted her blog entry on my blog since she had the article and it still linkes back to you.

  57. CJ,
    I too thank you for writing this story. I e-mailed Lauren also. I would like to write Ricky’s family and tell them how sorry I am for their loss and for the awful things that some people have put them through after their son’s death.

    I can’t imagine anyone doing to this family what they have done.

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  60. CJ, thanks for letting us know about this. I have emailed Lauren for more info and I will definitely be sending my support and condolences to the Jones family.