completely OT but need help re ausiie injured in Iraq

Submitted: Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 22:01
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Hi everyone,
I know there is a lot of defence and ex defence personel on this forum and I am asking for a lead in how to find information concerning this incident our son sent us a quick email letting us know that he was involved in this incident (guessing it was his bushmaster), but was O.K. but did not sound fine (if you can tell from 2 lines sounded distressed) We have not heard from him since and I would like to find out some further information can anyone give me a lead on where to go
thanks barb
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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 22:06

Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 22:06
Can't you ring him??

What about the Army itself or his unit admin here in Aus?
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Follow Up By: Member - barbara M (NSW) - Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 22:09

Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 22:09
John,
can't ring him unless it is a dire emergency and a worried mother does not count as an emergency. When they are on deployment you only have letters and emails sometimes and phone calls made by them
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 22:14

Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 22:14
I understand.
Hope all is OK with him.
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Reply By: Bushtrek - Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 22:36

Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 22:36
As he must be with OBG-W, ring the unit base here in Australia, you know where that is, and ask for confirmation of his status.

Good luck, he is doing a good job over there in conditions most of us in Oz can't imagine.
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Reply By: dedabato (SA) - Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 23:32

Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 23:32
We are ALL PROUD OF HIM AND OTHERS over there.
Hope he's OK and let us know of further development pleaseImage Could Not Be Found

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Reply By: Kev & Darkie - Monday, May 19, 2008 at 06:19

Monday, May 19, 2008 at 06:19
Barb,

Have a look here
This is used for every OS deployment as well as Training Exercises within Aust. They should be able to provide you with some form of infomation as to his status.

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Follow Up By: Member - barbara M (NSW) - Monday, May 19, 2008 at 06:54

Monday, May 19, 2008 at 06:54
Everyone,
Thank you for all your help it is appreciated I will ring the 1800 number and find out some infomataion. Thank you also for your support. I know I am only being a helicopter parent one that is worried and not letting go but!
Barbara
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Follow Up By: tam16 - Monday, May 19, 2008 at 09:48

Monday, May 19, 2008 at 09:48
Hi barbara

Please let us know that he is safe, my youngest son is half way thru his interviews to join the Army and I am already losing sleep, I can only imagine what you are feeling at the moment....my thoughts are with all the soldiers over there and their family's.
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Follow Up By: Member - barbara M (NSW) - Monday, May 19, 2008 at 11:26

Monday, May 19, 2008 at 11:26
Hi Tam16
I'm not losing sleep that much as I know the Army has procedures in place and he will be looked after as long as his male ego doesnt get in the road and say i'm fine when he is not.
As for your son jooining the army I would have to say it has been the best decision our son has made. The friendships he has made has been fantastic and the way the more experienced men have guided the younger ones has been great re everything in their lives they listen to them more than their parents. My thoughts are they are more likely to get injured or killed in a car accident. This is his second deployment with his first to East Timor and I worried more over that one. I tried to encourage our daughter to join and go to ADFA but she wasnt going to be in that. If it is what your son wants dont worry it will be worth it.
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Follow Up By: tam16 - Monday, May 19, 2008 at 12:03

Monday, May 19, 2008 at 12:03
I'm just a worry wort, I know he will be ok, my brother was in the SAS and thats where my son wants to head as well....I guess as mum's it's our job to worry....but the thought of not being able to pick up the phone and call while they are away scares the $hit out of me..!
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Reply By: guzzi - Monday, May 19, 2008 at 07:00

Monday, May 19, 2008 at 07:00
Email him back and ask him to call you, if he can, as you know speaking is much better than writing or email.
Other wise use email, if thats all thats available.
Your son has just had the fright of his life and it may take a few days/ weeks to sort himself out.
Email or write him a letter, any contact with home will be most welcome.
Wish him and his unit well from me.
Goodluck
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Reply By: Member - Roger B (VIC) - Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 21:55

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 21:55
Barb
The link below is to the Defence Media list. Subscribe to it and you'll get very up to date info on Troops deployed overseas, and lots of other Military info.

http://152.91.28.130/


Cheers, Roger B.
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Reply By: Member - barbara M (NSW) - Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 07:22

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 07:22
Hi! Everyone,
I would just like to thank everyone for their concern and help over the last few days.
I was able to speak to my son on MSN yeaterday he is fine upset and cranky and very worried about his mate but I hope that will lessen as he gets back into work. All the boys would like more info on their mate but arent receiving many updates. There is hardly any info on the net regarding him either but he is not news worthy now.
Thank YOu Barbara
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