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    Posted October 16, 2012 by
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    Having Heart From Afghanistan


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     LinR12's husband, Staff Sergeant Gary Robertson, is an Army infantryman stationed in Afghanistan. She suggested his squad take a photo wearing the T-shirts and 'they thought it was wonderful to pose to cheer her up.' The squad shot the photo on Saturday and Robertson posted it on his personal Facebook page, on Lauren Reynolds' Facebook fan page, and his battalion posted it on its Facebook page. 'Since its posting, there have been so many shares by our friends, family and people we don't know, I have lost count,' she said.

    The Reynolds family lives in Little Rock, Arkansas. The iReporter and Jeannie have never actually met, but became close through an online pregnancy forum. She was told Lauren 'was overwhelmed that soldiers overseas cared enough about her to pose. It was a nice surprise to brighten her day.'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    Even deployed to Afghanistan, my husband's squad still found time to boost the spirits of my friend's eight year old daughter. Lauren is currently in Little Rock's Children's Hospital awaiting a heart transplant. Lauren's grandfather sent me fundraising t-shirts for every man in my husband's squad. They each cheerfully posed for a picture for Lauren. Additionally, they have all signed a good luck bear for Lauren. My husband, their Squad Leader, posted the picture with the words:


    "I try to live my life by the seven Army values. Jeannie, a friend of my wife's had a daughter born on my son's original due date. She has struggled with a bad heart and is currently in the hospital waiting to recieve a new one. Lauren and her family epitomize the Army value of courage. All the way from COP Nagahan, Afghanistan, 2nd Squad, Mortar Platoon, Headquarters Company 2-1 Infantry has Lauren and her family in their thoughts and prayers!"

    Never have I been more proud of my husband and the men he serves with!

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