Wednesday, January 04, 2006

HOME SWEET HOME

Finally the journey is over and I am back again. They say that life is a circle and I have come full turn. I will expound more but for now I just want you all to know that I am safe and well back in the arms of my lover and wife Tara, and my children have their father back again.

All of you Take care and come check up on me again soon.

Sgt Zachary Scott-Singley

44 comments:

phinky said...

Welcome home. I'm glad you are safe. Best wishes for you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Welcome home Zach. I have never seen such greater words on your blog! I am so happy. I worried about you all the time without ever meeting you. I just told my husband and kids that you are safely home. All are happy. Take care and please keep writing.
Margie from New York

Anonymous said...

Welcome home Zach.

mackeydoodle said...

So glad to hear that you are home safe & sound. What a relief for all of you.

till_in_the_clear said...

Enjoy every minute. You deserve it... Rock on.
manda

Anonymous said...

Welcome home Zack!!!
The best news I have heard this year so far!! I hope the rest of the troops come home safe & sound soon also.

Happy New Year
Halla

Anonymous said...

That's very good news.
Keep posting.
Take care,
Bill

banana said...

Congratulations!!

I'm sure your wife and kids are very very happy to have you back home!

tmg said...

Praise God. You and your family are still in my prayers. Stay close to Him!!

-tmg

Anonymous said...

great news!
take good care.

Jodi said...

glad to hear you made it home safely.

PubliusK said...

This is fantastic news. Congratulations!!!

And thank you, Zach. Thank you very much.

Cropper said...

Just wanted to say that I'm happy you made it home!! I've been following your blog for about 8 months or so and this is definitely your best post!!! Congrats and welcome home!!

Anonymous said...

Glad you are back home safe and sound.

jarvenpa said...

So happy you are home safely.

Kristen said...

Rob was supposed to be in tomorrow, but I haven't even gotten the 24 hour call yet. If they push back the date for the 4th time, I'm going to scream.
Glad you're back. I'm sure we'll hang out in a few weeks.

Russell said...

Been worried about you,glad you made it home and now I hope you will have a joyous and healthy life.

Kate said...

Yea!!

Congratulations, dear Zach.

Take care --

mihael said...

Glad to see you are home safe, good luck in whatever you decide to do in the future.

Anonymous said...

Enjoy! Be extremely thankful, we are!

Snag said...

Thank god you're home. Thanks for everything, Zach. Best to your family.

Alain said...

I'm so happy for all of you ! Welcome home Zach :)

One Veteran said...

Welcome home!

Anonymous said...

Welcome Home !
I'm so glad! You must be so happy to come back - safe - at home.
Hope you the very best, for you, and your family.
Take Care, Be Happy

Laura :)

colorado bob said...

.
Zack...I've posted once or twice, but mainly I'd drop by for a look in. You're not gonna be the man you were, nothing can change that. But you can be the man you want to be.

Awhile back you asked about what to do next, this is just to fill you in. There are:

Iraq vets {1&2} running for congress:
D-30
R-2

Former FBI agents running for congress:
D-1
R-0

Former CIA agents running for congress:
D-1
R-0

Those 30 {D} vets running, have banded together
I suspect they could use a hand.


Semper Fidelis

Carol Sharick said...

Welcome home, Zach! Thrilled to hear you made it. I've been following your journey, and am just so relieved that you are home safe.

You are a good man, a fine man. Don't forget to remind yourself of that everyday!

Take care, Zach. I look forward to any more you care to share with us, and to hearing what's next in your great life's journey!

Anonymous said...

Welcome Home!
best to you and your famiy, am glad you are home again. Keep writing, we need to hear it.
Best,
a fan

Sara said...

Welcome home! Congrats!

Terrible said...

Glad to hear you've returned safely to your family! Welcome Home!

sume said...

Glad you made it back safely! Welcome back, zach.

Anonymous said...

Hi Zach,
Glad you are home. Every time I heard the news on TV I thought of you. But it was God's will, and yours that you return. Maybe you are one of the chosen to tell the story. Your wife and kids must be extactic. I am looking forward to reading any and all of your writings whenever the moment strikes you. Again, thank God for people like you who put the energy into to taking a stand and speaking out. What would we have done without you and any others who stand for truth.
Blessings.............Beverly

Star said...

I'm so glad that you are back home and safe.

Albatroz said...

I hope you will now decide to use your Iraqi experience in assisting to put an end to that unlawful and illegitimate war. I don't know whether Iraqis are now closer to having freedom and democracy, but I am sure that America has been drifting away from them, under G W Bush's rule. As much as this may schock some of you, present day USA is a lot closer to 1933 Germany than most people could believe. Guantanamo, torture, emprisonment without legal assistance, violation of habeas corpus, control of the press, are the instruments of totalitarism, not of democracy. I don't think you can consider your war as finished. It's just a different war, against the instruments of oppression in your own country. I wish you courage and good luck.

Anonymous said...

Thank God you are safe. Thank you for your service to our country.

Jessica said...

I have followed your blog for awhile now, only posted once, though. Just wanted to say I'm relieved to see that your family has you home safe and sound. Thank you for your service to this country, even when you may not have fully backed it yourself, when yuor duty called, you answered. As a fellow American, I am ashamed to be any part of this war, but you had no choice and did what you had to do. I pray for you and your family and hope you continue to update us on your life. Best wishes to you all -

Jessica

TEACHER SOL said...

I am so happy for you and your family Zach. I am teary eyed right now because I remember how I finally reunited with my family (daughter and husband) at the airport here in Washington DC almost 3 years ago. It's hard to be separated from them, and happiest when I'm with them.

I have a co-teacher here who was an ex-army in Vietnam. I shared your blog to him and here's what he can advice you:

-I checked out this guy's blog to get some personal info (Arabic linguist!), and I see many possibilities--

- I don't know how long he's been in the army, but any transition is tough. But it seems to me that if he knows Arabic, then he might be suited to language learning/teaching and related activities.

- Options:
A. Teacher: ESOL; English; Arabic at Secondary or College level (Needs to: go back to school for for certification/necessary classes)
B. NSA (National Security Agency) or CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) as Linguist (Needs to: Apply; get tested; security clearance)
C. Anything else he's interested in! He's 24, so what else besides the military does he know (I assume he studied Arabic while in the army after doing well on his preliminary testing in basic training). He might want to consider taking a Career Interest Inventory (many available online for a small fee) to get a better idea of where his intersts lie.

Point: Iraq is not Vietnam, but any soldier who has been in combat brings home baggage. His adjustment depends on how much he's carrying. If it's light, he shouldn't have any trouble moving back into civilian life and (it seems the obvious choice), going back to school to realize one of the above possibilities.

Puma said...

Welcome home Zach. Peace.

MIke Crichton said...

Colorado Bob: Can I get a cite for those numbers?

Tickneen said...

Duuuuuuude!! So glad you are back to the usa safe and sound! I will check back frequently to see what you are up to!

Audrey said...

SO very glad that you are home safe, Zach!! I hope life will fall back into place quickly for you.
:-)

Anonymous said...

a few drops of rain on the muriKin parade........

http://abutamam.blogspot.com/

“My Uncle was murdered” Layla Asamarai, MA Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology, January 7, 2005

"I received an e-mail today from a dear friend in Minnesota who is grieving the death of her uncle in Iraq. Her heartrending personal account of his murder deeply saddened me and I include it for all those who wish to read it. Afterwards, please read a passionate appeal to the American people by Cindy Sheehan, a tireless crusader to bring an end to the war in Iraq. God Bless.

"I wanted to share some really sad family news that we were just stricken with yesterday. My uncle Abdulrazaq (my father's younger brother who is 50 years old) was in Iraq (in our local city of Samarra Iraq) on Thursday January 5th, 2006 and at 8pm went to go meet with his business partners to finish financial exchanges and on his way back he was killed by American troops.

Upon stealing the $10,000 that were in his coat pocket the troops that the Americans are so proud of and support, found that he did not have any weapons or explosives and then they dumped his body at the local hospital and walked away with his money.

My cousin is a resident physician at the local hospital. The Americans had notified them that they were bringing in a dead body and to come and receive it. Upon going to receive the body from the Americans outside of the hospital he was shocked to find that this is his uncle. At home his wife was very worried as he was extraordinarily late for dinner. She called other family members who called the hospital (which is something people typically due since so many people are dying since the U.S. invasion) to see if he had an accident at which point my cousin answered informing them that his body was just dumped at the hospital.

Our family was contacted and they came to receive his body. He was shot in the head, abdomen, and in one of his kidneys and it is believed that he died immediately, though the details of whether they robbed him before or after they killed him and when decided to dump his body are unknown. He left behind a wife and two daughters age 4 and 5. They are still not sure how to break the news to his daughters.

My uncle had spent 16 years as a prisoner of war in Iran. He was freed on April 9th, 1998 (even though the Iran/Iraq war ended in the late 80's). Upon starting his life again in 1998 he married and had two beautiful daughters. Although it was always hard for him to talk about the torture in the Iranian prisons, his daughters Shayma (5 yrs old) and Yamama (4 years old) always had a way of transcending words such they seeped into his heart in the most natural and miraculous way and when he played with them he was free from his tortured thoughts and pains.

My uncle Abdulrazak is not the only one, there are thousands that have died in this way. This is the face of American terrorism. Our family is so numb. Our hearts are swollen with grief, resentment, and sorrow.

American soldiers sign up to risk life and death and when one of them dies it is though the earth stops its rotation, but when an Iraqi civilian who is working hard to support his family and is forced to live his life in the midst of an American occupation is murdered and robbed by sweet American boys, he is dumped like road kill.

What makes their lives more worth living?? Is it the blue eyes and blond hair? or is it the cross that hangs on their necks?? I wonder what defense they have for this one. Did he part his hair on the wrong side? Did he wear the wrong color? Was he driving "suspiciously"? What would they say he did to deserve being murdered? How about robbing him? It must not have been a robbery. Maybe they were afraid that a doctor would steal his money so they kept if for safe keeping.

Maybe they wanted to take the money and buy a gift for his daughters. Whatever it is it must be good because they are Americans! In fact as they provide this hypothetical justification (assuming they would be prompted to do so- which wouldn't happen because Americans answer to no one) I can just hear the national anthem playing in the background.

My uncle's murderers will come home to their families one day to tell of the heroic stories but humbly refuse to be called heroes and instead insist that they were merely doing their duty, but in their soiled hearts they will carry the ugliness of what they have done and who they became and it will eat at them until it destroys their lives and the lives around them. This email will not have an end-just as these killings do not....... "

See also these previous two postings on similar American terrorist crimes to people I do happen to know, in addition to the thousands of similar stories on other innocent Iraqis whose memories will be seared, for future retribution, in the Iraqi soul:

US soldiers killed Bassam Al-Bir ... ألف رحمة على روحك يا عراقي يا بسّام البير

Ken D said...

Zach,

I am so glad that you made it home finally to your wife and kids. We miss you and the rest of the guys tons here, but you have done your time and have earned the long awaited trip home. I just wanted to say thanks for all the guidance and advice that you have given me in the few months we have known each other. I know a lot of it will help me get through my time left in this place. I love you guys and miss you tons!! Best of luck in the job hunt, I know you can do it. Keep me posted and say hey to the guys for me. God's Speed Zach.

Your Friend,

Ken

Paige said...

Oh Zach, I'm so glad you are home!! Welcome back!

Cynthia Antoinette said...

Welcome home Zachary: A good man -- to keep your promise;-)

Cynthia Antoinette