Our Prayers Go Out...
My husband's name is Paul Brondhaver, he's 36 years old. He has been in the
National Guard for 18.5 years and was called to serve in Iraq for a total of
an 18 month tour, in December 2003. He was transportation and convoyed 5-6 days
a week as a supply runner to different worksites of rebuilding. His convoy
broke down and it took too long to fix the truck, and the enemy attacked.
An RPG came in and hit at Paul's feet showering him with shrapnel, and
killing his buddy next to him. He was thrown 15 feet and couldn't feel
anything from the waist down, but crawled to his vehicle and grabbed another
gun, called for help, and fired to hold the enemy at bay until back-up
tankers came in to help. The shrapnel wounds were very bad, about 300 pieces
total, some very deep, but he is walking now most of the time without his
cane. He has suffered hearing loss and has a bruised heart which is his
biggest problem currently. He has high blood pressure, low pulse rate,and
chest pain intermittently. He stays positive though, and is dying to get
back to his buddies to complete the mission. But, the doctors say no. He is
devastated and feels he let his buddies down, this guilt added to the
"survivor's guilt" from the loss of his buddy, makes his emotional state
He believes in what they are doing over there, he says it is a great thing
to see the lives of those people change before your eyes from bad to good,
and most of them are so very thankful to us for helping them. Despite Paul's injuries and sacrifices, we both firmly support the war and the missions in Iraq and completely trust
and support President George W. Bush in any and all his decisions regarding
the war effort. Paul has lived there for 8 months and seen the work
firsthand and completely believes we are doing the right thing there,
despite what the media portrays. There is so much more good there than the
media will ever report.
We live in Cincinnati, Ohio, and he is currently stationed at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, for
recovery and rehabilitation in the hospital there, but gets to come home often for
visits. We have 3 children; 10, 6, and 3 years old. We are proud of Paul
and ALL of our military-- past and present!!
Thank you for your interest in him and the offering of prayer.
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