I very briefly wanted to let you all know that I’ve received word from two sources (who request not to be identified) that Kari Bales has not only read my letter, but that she is reading your comments as well. It was not my intent when I wrote the letter, but it has become a bulletin board of support. For Kari. She can come back and look whenever she is alone. Whenever their quarters are quiet and it’s just her and her children. And I hope she will. Because I know firsthand how loud the silence can be. Here are the messages I received in response:
“She read and appreciates your letter as well as the support she’s getting from the comments. To see the outpouring of love has made a difference to her.”
“She read the blog and all the replies and they made her cry. Not in a bad way, she’s just so grateful to you all … She really doesn’t know what will happen next; she is safe on base, but she doesn’t know when and if she’ll see Bob, or what will happen with regard to anything. To that end she’s just going to keep her nose to the grindstone and concentrate on the kids.”
Others can continue to post their support HERE.
The overwhelmingly positive response has blown me away. And yes, I’ve been posting every single comment. I’m a lawyer and I took an oath to uphold our Constitution, just like each of our servicemembers. I believe in Freedom of Speech. As I write this there are 144 comments, and only a few are negative. Basically, only four out of 8000 visitors had something bad to say. Even lawyers like myself can understand that kind of math.