Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Found a Great Organization in Kuwait

Thanks to one of the new acquaintances in my life who lives and  works in Kuwait, I have found what sounds like such a great organization, and my husband and I are anxious to learn more of it.  According to their website, "Since 1950, the Association of the United States Army has worked to support all aspects of national security while advancing the interests of America's Army and the men and women who serve.  AUSA is a private, non-profit educational organization that supports America's Army-Active, National Guard, Reserve, Civilians, Retirees, Government Civilians, Wounded Warriors, Veterans, and family members."  Sounds to me as though this organization is worth putting effort and support into.  I am sure there are unique needs for those serving in Kuwait, and something that Randy and I can contribute to those Soldiers working in Kuwait.

I plan to plant a seed of support here in the community where we now live as well, so that perhaps a connection can be made to provide support for our troops from some of the local school children for those serving with the Army in Kuwait.  Our children can come to know the culture and customs of another country, and what service in our military is like in Kuwait.  Education is one of the goals of AUSA, and there is tremendous opportunity for this to happen where we are now living.  The military and their families are always in need of the backing of all Americans.  Here is a link to look at the site and get an idea of their good work.

All of Austin County, Texas where we call home, has deep patriotic roots, however, Bellville, where we attend church, and our son graduated from High School has lost one person while he was serving in the Army, supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and newly stationed in Kuwait.  His name was Spc. Zeferino Eusebio Colunga, and he was a tackle on the Bellville High School football team during his high school years, He joined the Army upon graduation.  While serving in Kuwait he became seriously ill with acute leukemia, and was first evacuated to the 28th Combat Support Hospital in Iraq on August 4, 2003, and then evacuated to Landstuhl Army Regional Medical  Center, and later to Homburg for further care, where he passed away on August 6, 2003.  It was a very difficult thing for the family to lose their loved one, not in battle, but to disease as he served in Kuwait.

As I have said, our hometown is patriotic, and on this Saturday, Zeferion will be remembered once again in a public ceremony honoring our fallen son, his service, and the sacrifice of his family.  He died within a week of arriving in Kuwait while assigned to the 4th Squadron, 2nd Armored Calvary Regiment, Fort Polk, LA.  There is a connection of the heart of our home town with those serving in the United States Army in Kuwait.  We hope to bring that connection with us as we move to Kuwait.