He wanted to explain to me why he had decided to re-enlist with the Marine Reserves. How he felt like it was a calling on his life. It is what he was trained to do. He said that if he could ever prevent his two boys from having to go to war, now was his time.
He shared how very much he loves my daughter and my two grandsons, and he hoped that he could convey that love to them before he left for Iraq .
He talked about the opportunities he would have as a Corporal to share important things with the young men in his unit-- things like his faith, finances, and important lessons he’s already learned in his life.
He shared how he didn’t know what was ahead for him, but that he trusts God. He feels like he is being obedient, even when it doesn’t make much sense to anyone how he can leave a wife and two boys behind.
He is my first son-in love. I couldn’t be any more proud of him if he were my own son.
Corporal Jon M. Simms left today for 30 days training in the Mojave Desert before heading to Iraq and will return June 2008. He is with the Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 23 Marines, and will be stationed in a town west of Baghdad.
Please pray for the safety and protection of his unit and pray for his wife, Erin and his boys, Kaden (4) and Will (2).
If you would like updates of information about Jon and his unit, send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org