Im currently soliciting donations for the family of SSgt Jamie Dana, a Military Working Dog handler assigned to the 732 EMSG that was critically injured on 25 Jun when her HMMWV was hit by an IED. All donations will be sent to the family to help them offset travel expenses. Please contact me by Friday, 8 Jul 05, if you would like to make a cash donation. If you would like to make a donation by credit card, donations are being accepted through the Black Forest Animal Sanctuary, which currently cares for animals Jamie has adopted. The link to their website is www.bfasfarm.com. Please pass this info to your detachments to see if they would be willing to donate.
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June 28, 2005Explosive critically injures Peterson sergeant in Baghdad
By ANSLEE WILLETT THE GAZETTE
An Air Force sergeant from Black Forest was critically injured in Iraq last weekend after an explosive was detonated as her convoy passed on a road in Baghdad.
Tech. Sgt. Jamie Dana, 26, assigned to Peterson Air Force Base, should arrive today at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where her husband and parents will be at her bedside.
Im just waiting to see her, her husband, Mike Dana, said after flying to D.C.
Dana, whos served in the Air Force since 1998, volunteered for the six-month tour in Iraq. She was sent to the war about four weeks ago with her bomb-detecting dog, a German shepherd named Rex. They helped at checkpoints and searched buildings.
The details were sketchy, but her family was told the explosive detonated Sunday underneath her armored humvee, injuring all four people inside. Her family initially was told her dog died in the explosion but later learned he was OK.
Danas injuries include a broken pelvis, possible lung contusions and broken bones.
The initial prognosis, which really rattled everybody, was they didnt think she was going to make it, said Scott Hudock, a family friend who lives in Black Forest.
Friends and neighbors gathered at Danas home Saturday to wait with her husband for updates. When the phone didnt ring, they couldnt help but wonder if a chaplain would knock on the front door with the worst news.
Mike is a big, hunky guy, but Ive never seen a big guy like that so hurt and upset, Hudocks wife, Tracy, said Monday. I actually packed his suitcase for him yesterday. He was beside himself, didnt know what to pack.
Dana, who wants to be a veterinarian, met the Hudocks through the couples Black Forest Animal Sanctuary, which takes in unwanted horses and farm livestock. Shed spend about four days a week at the sanctuary.
Shes always been critter crazy, Tracy Hudock said. Before she got deployed, she would come out and ride the abused horses.
Shes the first person that has gotten on probably four of the horses that were unrideable when they got there.
Dana, whos adopted two horses from the sanctuary, e-mailed Hudock daily from Iraq. She last wrote just before going on the convoy in which she was injured.
She talked about writing her hometown paper in Pennsylvania in hopes of raising money for the sanctuary. She also wrote about the most dangerous part of her job going on convoys.
Shes a strong-willed person, which is probably whats keeping her alive, Tracy Hudock said.
LAST E-MAIL TO FRIEND
Part of Jamie Danas last e-mail to her friend, Tracy Hudock, just before the convoy explosion:
I have to head out on a mission now thats the only time Im ever in any real danger over here. We go off base and have to interact with the public most of them are nice, its the troublemakers that make all the bombs and shoot rockets at us. The main thing I look forward to over here is pictures. I put them up in my room to cheer me up. I dont need anything else yet but give it time Ive got five months to go. Ill talk to you later tell everyone I miss them. :-) Jamie
HOW TO HELP
Tracy Hudock and her husband are taking donations through their Black Forest Animal Sanctuary to help Danas family with expenses not covered by the military and to help care for her two horses, two cats and three dogs. Donations, which should be marked for Jamie Dana, may be made online at www.bfasfarm.com or mailed to 16750 Thompson Road, Black Forest, CO 80908.
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