Confused and concerned, I tried calming him down before asking him what he was talking about.
"A soldier was injured.. it was on the news today... a Canadian Soldier." I felt the blood drain from my face. I know many people will tell me "No news is good news." however, in my case this is not true - however rare it is. (only my son and I know why)
So through my husband's instructions, I turned to the news channel. It was not there. He said it was on the radio all day. Looking at him, I saw how much he cares about our boy. The worry in his face.. the intensity of his eyes. Although I was feeling ill inside.. this was a time to comfort him and we continue to pray..
...We pray for the injured soldier and the soldier's family. Give our soldier the strength for a full recovery and his family the stength and love and our support.
The protocol prevents the release the names of our injured soldiers. This is held in confidence.
Canadian soldier injured in Afghanistan
Canwest News ServicePublished: Wednesday, October 08, 2008
KANDAHAR CITY, Afghanistan - One Canadian soldier was injured Tuesday when he was struck by insurgent small arms fire about 30 kilometres west of Kandahar City, according to Armed Forces spokesman Lt. Alain Blondin.
The injured Canadian soldier was evacuated by helicopter to Kandahar Airfield, Blondin said in a statement. The soldier is in serious but stable condition.
The identity of the soldier will not be released.
This gives me an opportunity to pass on some IMPORTANT words of advise...
If you are a family member of a deployed soldier - have your passport prepared and updated.