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A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE HAS BEEN A BIT UNDER THE WEATHER.HE HAS BEEN GOING THROUGH SO MUCH.SERVED 2 TOURS OF DUTY IN IRAQ, LOST SEVERAL FAMILY MEMBERS,AND HIS FIANCE LEFT HIM.WE INVITE HIM TO A COOKOUT,
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ALWAYS A FRIEND

posted at 6/21/2010 2:44 AM EDT
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A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE HAS BEEN A BIT UNDER THE WEATHER.HE HAS BEEN GOING THROUGH SO MUCH.SERVED 2 TOURS OF DUTY IN IRAQ, LOST SEVERAL FAMILY MEMBERS,AND HIS FIANCE LEFT HIM.WE INVITE HIM TO A COOKOUT, HE DECLINED, HE SAID HE WAS NOT HIMSELF.I FELT BAD FOR HIM.HE IS A GREAT GUY, KIND, SWEET. I SENT HIM GOODIES, LETTERS, PHOTOS ONCE A WEEK.I DECIDED AFTER THE COOKOUT, I WOULD WRAP A PLATE FOR HIM, DRIVE IT OVER.I FOUND HIM ON HIS FRONT PORCH, JUST SITTING THERE STARING AWAY.IT TOOK ME A FEW MINUTES TO GET HIS ATTENTION. HE SEEMED SO LOST. I SHOWED HIM THE PLATE, WENT IN TO WARM IT. I LEFT MY CELL PHONE ON THE TABLE BY HIM.I RETURNED WITH HIS PLATE.HE SAID HE WAS NOT GOOD COMPANY.I DID NOT CARE, I COULD NOT LEAVE HIM.I STAYED FOR AN HOUR,TALKING, LISTENING TO HIM. I CLEANED UP THE PLATES, THREW SOME LAUNDRY IN FOR HIM.AFTER AWHILE I HAD TO LEAVE,HE GRABBED MY HAND AND SAID "THANKS,YOU SAVED MY LIFE".I GAVE HIM A HUG,I SAID I WOULD STAY IF HE NEEDED ME.OR I WOULD CALL SOMEONE FOR HIM.HE SAID HE WAS OKAY NOW. I TOLD HIM I WOULD CALL HIM WHEN I GOT HOME.ON THE WAY HOME I CHECKED MY PHONE, IT WAS OFF.I HAD TO PULL OVER , MY FRIEND TAPED A VIDEO ON MY PHONE, TELLING ME HOW BAD HE FELT, HOW GRATEFUL HE WAS FOR MY FRIENDSHIP.IT RATTLED ME,I CALLED HIS HOME, NO ANSWER,I DROVE BACK, CALLED A FRIEND IN HIS UNIT.WE KNOCKED ON THE DOOR,IT SEEMED FOREVER,HE ANSWERED THE DOOR.I SMACKED HIM AS I ALWAYS DID,IN A NICE WAY.I TOLD HIM I GOT HIS VIDEO.HE SAID HE FELT LOST, UNTIL MY VISIT, HE WAS GOING TO GIVE UP,UNTIL I SPENT SOME TIME WITH HIM.MY HANDS WERE SHAKING. I'AM SO GLAD I WENT OVER THERE TO CHECK ON HIM.HE SAID A RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS SAVED HIS LIFE.THE 3 OF US TALKED, I MADE THEM SOME COOKIES. HE IS DOING MUCH BETTER NOW,I DO NOT WANT TO THINK WHAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED IF I DID NOT VISIT HIM.HE NEEDED SOMEONE TO LISTEN,TREAT HIM THE SAME AS BEFORE,I QUESS WE ALL DO.I CHECK ON HIM EVERYDAY.SOMEONE HAS TO,I WISH HIM THE BEST AND OTHERS LIKE HIM

ALWAYS A FRIEND

posted at 6/21/2010 3:10 AM EDT
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First: 8/25/2008
Last: 10/8/2010
Some TLC never hurts. It is amazing what some can do for another person who really needs it and sometimes it is not realized. I speak from experience

ALWAYS A FRIEND

posted at 6/21/2010 4:28 AM EDT
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First: 8/7/2008
Last: 1/17/2012
What a blessing you are. Brought tears to my eyes when I read your story. I am praying for your friend. God bless him and all who have been in the military and are in the military.

ALWAYS A FRIEND

posted at 6/21/2010 6:01 AM EDT
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First: 4/16/2010
Last: 11/26/2011
wow!!!!thank god for your kindness.i wish him well.your a great friend,god bless you julie. i have many friends returning home.people are blind to what maybe right in front of them.

ALWAYS A FRIEND

posted at 6/21/2010 6:08 AM EDT
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First: 4/16/2010
Last: 11/26/2011
JULIE,HE IS LUCKY TO HAVE YOU AS A FRIEND.I AGREE WITH PRESTON SOME PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE A CLUE.I HAVE A FRIEND THAT RETURNED FROM AFGANISTAN,HE DID NOT WANT ANYONE AROUND HIM, HE DID NOT WANT TO BE TOUCHED. IT TOOK SOME TIME FOR HIM TO ADJUST, CARE ABOUT HIMSELF.
VICKIE ARE YOU OKAY? YOU SAID YOU SPEAK FROM EXPERIENCE.DID YOU HAVE AN EARTH ANGEL.GOD BLESS US ALL.

ALWAYS A FRIEND

posted at 6/21/2010 9:55 AM EDT
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First: 10/7/2008
Last: 10/2/2010
Bless you for taking the time for such a simple kindness(and it really didn't cost anything) to sit and talk and most importantly --to listen--that's what a true friend is all about!

ALWAYS A FRIEND

posted at 6/21/2010 10:51 AM EDT
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First: 4/4/2010
Last: 11/26/2011
Hi julie, really nice story,he is lucky to have you as a friend.i'am sure it is hard to adjust.are there 2 preston's or one. you in the third person dude.your a nice lady julie b. i love your stories.

ALWAYS A FRIEND

posted at 6/21/2010 12:35 PM EDT
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You are such a good friend, I'm almost crying. God bless you.

ALWAYS A FRIEND

posted at 6/21/2010 1:41 PM EDT
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First: 10/24/2008
Last: 6/21/2010
That's what friends are for - so glad he has you for a friend. A lot of our soldiers are coming home depressed, not knowing what to do, feeling lost and alone. If you see a soldier - thank them. It takes so little but means so much! God Bless All Our Soldiers.

ALWAYS A FRIEND

posted at 6/21/2010 1:46 PM EDT
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First: 8/13/2008
Last: 12/5/2010
What a great friend you, He is lucky to have you.

ALWAYS A FRIEND

posted at 6/22/2010 12:50 AM EDT
Posts: 146
First: 4/16/2010
Last: 11/26/2011
THERE IS ONLY ONE PRESTON. I'AM A TEACHER I HAD THIS ON MY COMPUTER. ONE OF MY STUDENT'S TYPED IT IN, SHE READ IT TO THE CLASS. WE WERE ALL VERY TOUCHED BY THE STORY.WE ARE TALKING ABOUT IT AGAIN. THE STUDENT'S ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE MEN AND WOMAN RETURNING HOME.WE ALSO TALKED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF FRIENDSHIPAND KINDNESS. PEOPLE ARE SO BUSY THEY OVERLOOK OTHER PEOPLE THEY MAY NEED A SHOULDER TO CRY ON,IT MAKES YOU THINK.

ALWAYS A FRIEND

posted at 6/22/2010 1:33 AM EDT
Posts: 62
First: 10/12/2008
Last: 10/10/2010
This is the first time I read a memory that actually made my eyes well up with tears! Thank God you were there for him that day and since. God bless you...

ALWAYS A FRIEND

posted at 6/22/2010 1:39 AM EDT
Posts: 18
First: 12/27/2008
Last: 7/12/2010
Wow! What a gift you are to your friend. The Lord sent you to your friend when he needed you most. You are a good, good friend. I was moved by your story.

ALWAYS A FRIEND

posted at 6/22/2010 3:15 AM EDT
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First: 8/8/2008
Last: 11/28/2013
When I saw how long the story was, I almost didn't read it. I am grateful that I took the time and it made me cry and lifted me up too!!! No one knows that what doing a simple kindness can do, a smile, a visit, even just being nice to a stranger. God Bless you. Your friend really is very lucky.

ALWAYS A FRIEND

posted at 6/22/2010 3:47 AM EDT
Posts: 1072
First: 10/2/2008
Last: 10/4/2013
What a Christian thing to do. This is what the love of God does. Bless you for looking after him.

ALWAYS A FRIEND

posted at 6/22/2010 6:30 AM EDT
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First: 10/1/2008
Last: 4/19/2014
You are truely a wonderful supportive friend. Perhaps we can not do anythng for him, but we must all lobby to get these men and women the services they need and deserve from the V.A.

ALWAYS A FRIEND

posted at 6/22/2010 8:13 AM EDT
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This was a beautiful story. What a Wonderful Friend!!!!!

ALWAYS A FRIEND

posted at 6/22/2010 8:14 AM EDT
J R
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Last: 10/16/2011
You are an Angel. I hope & Pray he finds some comfort and knows that all of us Very Best Bakers care about him. God Bless.

ALWAYS A FRIEND

posted at 6/22/2010 8:47 AM EDT
Posts: 14
First: 9/19/2008
Last: 10/6/2010
I pray for all of our troops. God bless them! I am so glad you were there for your friend. God bless you too!

ALWAYS A FRIEND

posted at 6/22/2010 10:24 AM EDT
Posts: 69
First: 12/21/2008
Last: 12/25/2013
SOMETIMES IT'S JUST BEING THERE IS WHAT A PERSON NEEDS. HE'SFORTUNATE TO HAVE A KIND PERSON LIKE YOU ON HIS SIDE.
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