"Kevin called from Kuwait two days before the war started and
said once they moved into Iraq, he wouldn't be able to contact us
at all, maybe for months at a time. We haven't heard from him
since. As parents, not knowing what he is doing or where he is, we
can only fear he is experiencing the worst of what we have been
seeing on TV," says Rusty Griffiths, former NRCA president and
president of Binghamton Slag Roofing Co., Binghamton, N.Y.
Unlike those of us who have been scanning newspapers for news
about the war with Iraq, Griffiths has been scouring newspapers for
information about his son Kevin, a Marine stationed in Iraq, and
As any father would be, Griffiths is fraught with emotions
ranging from pride to fear to anxiety. He recently wrote to his
local newspaper about what he and his wife are experiencing.
Excerpts from his letter follow:
"Having our own flesh and blood involved has brought our
emotions to a much higher level than my wife and I would ever be
experiencing otherwise. Those emotions have run from extreme
lump-in-the-throat, tears-in-eyes highs to stomach-churning,...
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