Jake, along with his fellow soldiers, returned to the US about 2 weeks ago. Unfortunately, it wasn't the happy return we had all been waiting for. Jake has bad knees and they're keeping him in Seattle until they can figure out if he needs surgery to fix them. Most of the soldiers from the 116th have all now returned to their families in Idaho, but not my son.
If he has surgery, he'll need physical therapy afterward so he could be in Seattle for a long time. I was happy that on the spur of the moment, his wife decided to pack up the 2 girls and drive to Seattle yesterday to spend a day or two with him. They all need this time together. Jake posted on Facebook that they all had dinner in a food court together last night - and it was the best dinner he's ever had. That made me happy.
If he stays in Seattle, here in a few weeks we'll all chip in and help send Heather and the girls to see him again. Only this time we'll make sure they fly so they can have those 18 hours spent driving on this trip, together.
I'm so happy to have him back in the states, but so sad that he's stuck alone on a military base. I know how hard this last year was for them all - it's time to be back together.