Caring for our returning heroes

I never walked onto a battlefield, but I do know the cost of war,

I sat with you while you passed in Mogadishu,

I held your hand in Germany for your Mom,

I try not to get angry when people don’t understand the price you paid, what it cost.

I think, don’t they know that surviving is harder than dying?

That every day you die a little more  inside,

How you are afraid to laugh or smile or be happy,

How you think it isn’t fair for me to be happy or something bad will happen.

It gets better as time goes by, but you never forget,

You will hear a song, smell a smell, or see someone that was there with you,

Or see another war and it all comes back like it was yesterday.

I can pick you out of a crowd by looking in your eyes, I see it in there.

The anguish, the torment. I wish I could take it away.

I will work as long as it takes to make sure you get what you deserve.

Just know that someone out there does care and I do pray for you every day.


Timothy Nathan Thomas was born Dec. 23, 1981 in Fort Knox Kentucky to James and Diana ( Jackson ) Thomas. He was a 2000 graduate of North Cedar High School, and joined the Army in 2000 serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom from March 2003 to July 2004. Tim received the Army Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expedition and Two Army Commendation Medals. Tim was medically retired in 2005 due to cancer. Tim was a talented artist and was a quiet person with a quick sense of humor. He never once complaint about his bout with colon cancer. Tim died May 22, 2013 in Maquoketa Iowa. Tim asked his parents to Thank all the medical staff who gave him such wonderful treatment and Care. Tim received treatment in Landstuhl Germany, Walter Reed, University of Iowa and the VA of Iowa City. Tim wanted everyone to know that he was grateful for the care he was given. Those left to honor Tim’s memory include his parents, a sister Jessica Thomas, a niece Gracie Hempstead and his beloved cat Marcus and many other family members and friends. (Tim was preceded in death by his brother Brian in 2008 ) Tim and his parents were honored to have Carolyn Jones be one of the first nurses to treat Tim, we will forever be blessed for her kindness and compassion she showed our son and MANY other Military Warriors. We are overjoyed to see Heart For Hero’s , helping our service members. May God Bless, Jim and Diana Thomas


July 2018
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