Tuesday, December 1, 2009

In Which Jeremy Has A Busy Day

It was a very busy day today-- a variety of events and meetings kept us running around all over the place. Jeremy had his initial "what the heck are we going to do with you while you are healing" meeting, and we talked about a few different options, including him taking some online classes in the pursuit of a post baccalaureate degree or possibly working at the Warrior Transition Unit.

For those of you not familiar with the Warrior Transition Unit (WTU), let me give you a brief explanation. When a soldier is injured and they can no longer perform their assigned duties, they are assigned to the WTU in order to focus on the recovery process until they are healed, at which time they either go back to their original job, transfer to a new job, or are medically retired with a severance package. They would give Jer a temporary job that he would be able to perform in his current condition. Now that we have an idea of some of the options Jeremy has, he'll do some research and make a decision as to what he thinks the best path is going to be for the next few months. I think right now he's leaning towards doing some additional schooling; we'll just have to see.

This evening we went to a meeting for the families of the deployed soldiers in Jer's unit. One of Jeremy's commanding officers was back here on leave and gave the spouses a chance to ask questions and hear about how their soldiers are doing. At the meeting, Jeremy was awarded a Bronze Star for his actions in Afghanistan! He has already received a Purple Heart and an Army Commendation Medal with Valor for his time over there, so this was a pleasant surprise for him.

I am, as always, proud!



Sweet Lorraine said...

Aw, Jess, you look so happy! That's a great picture of yall. :) We're very proud of Jer, and glad to hear he's being properly recognized.

Connor's Mom said...

Thanks sis!

Though if you look at that picture you will notice that the perspective is off and I have the GIANT HAND OF DOOM.



Connor's Mom said...

Oh, and Jer says "Thanks and Gig 'Em." He reads the blog and the comments, of course.


Anonymous said...

Heartfelt thanks for Jer's service and your family's sacrifice.


Niksmom said...

Thank you, again, for your valor and service, Jeremy. And thank you, too, to Jess and Connor for sharing your story with us.

leah said...

Oh, congratulations! Jeremy more than deserves it- we're all grateful for his service.

Julia O'C said...

I was just thinking yesterday about Jeremy and wondering if he had received a Purple Heart yet. Congratulations on the new medal! I think it's kind of exciting that the Army (and Jeremy) are ready to move on and already discussing his next step. He doesn't strike me as the kind of guy to sit around watching soap operas feeling sorry for himself.

Your new family picture is so cute!

Tom said...

Yeah, but what has he done for me lately.

Just kidding, I can't think of anyone more deserving.

Love you guys so much,
Your Bro

Julia said...

Congrats on the medal (absolutely deserved on every level), and great family photo! And it must be exciting to think about future plans.

Julia O'C said...

Gah! Grammar Fail! I meant to say "is ready"...sorry.

Kristin said...

Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with Valor, and a Bronze Star? I expect nothing less from an Aggie. Thanks and Gig 'Em, Jeremy. You deserve every one of them.

Connor's Mom said...

He got you a Christmas present, Tom-- that probably counts for something.

Thanks for your kind words, everyone!


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