Thursday, May 18, 2006

Fallen Soldier Was Proud of her Mission...

A female Canadian soldier who was killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday had written a letter to her sister saying how proud she was of her mission...

"In an e-mail dated early March to her younger sister Kate, Capt. Nichola Goddard recounted carrying a 45-kilogram pack uphill on a two-kilometre march, as well as other daily challenges of her role in the Afghan mission.

"I feel like a poster child for why people should join the military," Goddard wrote. "It was an amazing 15 days."

In her e-mail, Goddard described moving into isolated areas, either by foot or with vehicles, to conduct shirras -- the Pashtu word for meeting -- with local elders.

She wrote she was honoured to participate directly in two of the meetings, despite her initial concerns over being the only woman." (read the whole story)

This story really made me feel good for her family. It doesn't diminish the pain of their loss, but they never have to question her devotion to her job or how she felt about being there...

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