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But John, who is 10 years older than Rachel, promised that success awaited in the Army. He urged her to Nike Shorts Soccer
"I wasn't expecting him until a few days later," said Rachel, who missed Thanksgiving the previous year because she was still in training. "That was really special."
His wish to receive the promotion at his sister's base went through the chain of command, and was granted.
he's helped me so much."
Siblings reunited in Iraq there for each other
She said she enjoys her work and loves the camaraderie among members of her Charlie Company. And even though fighting has been minimal near her base, and she's only been "outside the wire" a few times herself, Rachel said she worries about her fellow soldiers and is anxious to return.
Rachel had dropped out of two high schools, one in New Ulm and the other in Mankato, and had been to treatment. Rachel's life, in her own words, was "just not working."
Since joining the Army at her brother's advice, Rachel says she has thrived.
On Thanksgiving morning, Rachel was preparing for work when she heard a knock on the door and a voice say that her brother would arrive in moments. After 17 months of not seeing each other, brother and sister were reunited thousands of miles from their New Ulm home and were able to enjoy a turkey dinner together.
was to receive a promotion to first lieutenant. But instead of following the traditional protocol of having the fellow members of his company award him the new rank, John asked to have Rachel give him the rank instead.
And in August 2009, shortly after receiving the news she would be deployed from her base in North Carolina to Iraq, Rachel's brother made another promise:
get her GED and enlist.
She has been named Soldier of the Month in her company, and has attained perfect scores on her physical training tests (something, she quickly points out, her brother has yet to do).
And he did on Thanksgiving Day.
John, who is part of a transport unit based in Kuwait, Nike Sb T Shirt Dri Fit
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Home on leave since Christmas, she returned to Iraq this week to resume duties as part of a so called "partnership team" that helps train Iraqi soldiers how to use satellite and Nike Sweatpants Mens Grey communications equipment.
"He told me, 'I'll find you.'"
She listened, went to basic training, learned to shoot a rifle left handed and found her calling as a paratrooper. Along the way, John always offered encouragement, writing letters to her while she was in training.
Before John Schwartz deployed for Kuwait in February 2009, he had seen his youngest sister's grades begin slipping, life begin spiraling and future begin unraveling.
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