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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Dear United States Army,

Today is my husbands last day as serving active duty in the Army.
I just wanted to thank you for paying for my husband to go to Medical school. When the only school he got into was a private school we had no idea how we would pay for it, so thank you for doing that.
You will be happy to know that Major Cutler loves what he does and is one of the best in his field. (he would never say that but that is just what I hear from his colleges) .
Thank you for giving him the chance to serve the soldiers of Walter Reed Army Medical Center. You put him in the right spot. During his time there he saw and heard many stories that would have crushed many to tears and unable to do their job. He never lost his "head" as he would spend time rebuilding many who actually did.
We totally took advantage of living in D.C. and covered every square inch.
My three girls will be forever changed for the experience they had in watching their Dad wear a uniform to work, understand the war a little more and the answers to questions they would always have after visiting him at work.
There is no place else like Walter Reed. Military service men and women are some of the most patient patients! I would watch many of them sit for hours and hours waiting for care and never complain. Line after line to get in, to be seen, to get medications etc. It is not fancy and it is old.
You don't spend 10 minutes on Walter Reed campus and not see the physical effects of the war on so many. These men and women are so strong and that is not because their arms are now doing all the work to get themselves around.Thank you for giving Jeff the chance to work with the staff at the White House. He will treasure those he met and the things he saw while there.

Thank you also for giving us the opportunity to go to Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, The Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Gibraltar. We will never be the same. We loved flying on your cargo air craft, it was always the best part of the trip. Your pilots were always so nice and accommodating.
Because of our time in the military I will always hang the US flag. I will always think of these past 4 years and how it changed our family whenever I hear the National Anthem. (and I am sure I will by crying at the same time)
We will miss pulling out our military ID when going to the movies, Home Depot, Lowes and almost any other major retailer who gave us great discounts, when we got to spend 2 minutes talking about our great experience in the Military and I was always proud to say that my husband is (now was) in the Army.
Thank you again for all that you have given our family. We originally signed up for the money, but what you have given us in priceless!

Sincerely and Thank You,

Everything Pink!!

p.s. have you thought of adding a touch of Pink to the Uniforms, I say everyone looks good in a little pink!

26 comments:

lelly said...

thank you for your service, Major Cutler!

The Trammell's said...

Beautiful post Kristi! You guys are so AWESOME =)

dougandcheryl said...

Ditto to lelly. Thank you. Thank your husband for his service and thank you and your daughters for the sacrifices it takes to be in a military family. (I know.. I grew up in one.)
This was a really wonderful post.

Jan said...

Lovely thoughts!

Hope you are getting settled in Denver - -we were there years ago and it's where my cute husband grew up so we have a soft spot for it. But moving is hard.

Jill said...

Great post Kristi! You guys have had some really amazing experiences through these years of military service!

Ashley said...

This was a sweet post. It sounds like it was a greatly beneficial arrangement for both sides! I am so grateful to our soldiers and all those (like your husband) who support them!

patsy said...

What a great post- I had my son read it too-- (he loved it)

what a great example your family is of service!

Price Cream Parlor said...

What a great post! I was a bit weepy thinking about all those that serve! What an amazing experience your family has had!
I love that you live large. You take advantage of all that is offered - the area in which you live, the discounts, the vacation opportunities, the areas to serve and bless others!
YOU left feeling enriched and loved. I am sure that everyone there at the Hospital and your ward and neighborhood misses your family and its influence!!!
Thank you for your service, Major Cutler and FAMILY!!!

Sharon C. said...

Great post. Thank you Dr. Jeff for you service. It forever changed your lives and has affected mine as well. When I see a soldier in uniform I am touched more deeply and feel a quiet reverence for the freedoms I enjoy because of sacrifices made. Good luck as you begin this next phase and may you all be blessed.

Shauna said...

Beautiful!
Thank You Dr Cutler and family!!!!!

Tasha said...

I love it Kristi. Love it!
I tried calling your cell phone, but you must have allready changed it. Email me your new info, will ya? I have a housewarming gift.

kelly said...

beautiful...thank you for your service!!

Nancy said...

Thank you for writing that. My husband served in the air force and I feel the same as you. The military took care of us and we have very fond memories. I wish more people will take advantage of the opportunity. I've seen great things happen.

Mindy said...

What an incredible thank you letter! Thank you, Jeff, for your service and time in DC. Look forward to hearing IN PERSON some your family's stories!

amyfm said...

lovely post!

seriously thank you for the sacrifices.

Nora from Chicago said...

That post turned on my waterworks!

Thank you Dr. Pink for your service to this country. Thank you Pink and Pinkettes for the sacrifices that were made by the family in order to accomodate Dr. Pink in his service.

This country is made great by its citizens. Families such as your's are this country's poster children!

Melinda said...

This is such a great post! When Jason wanted to go to medical school we were going to do the same thing as you. Thanks for the great service!!

michelle said...

Wonderful post, Kristi. Thank you to all the Cutlers! And I love how you soaked up every bit of it.

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

Thank you Cutler family for making our military better! I'm grateful for your service. Very much.

wende said...

growing up military is one of the best things about my childhood and has given me such a profound sense of patriotism. thanks to major cutler and his family for all their service to our country.

Andie said...

Such a moving post. Thank YOU for your service. All of you.

Janae said...

Wow! Awesome post:) Thank You.

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Brittany said...

That was absolutely beautiful Kristi! Thank you for sharing that with us.

The Major's Wife said...

You are so right about the soldiers waiting at WR and yet I complain when I have to wait 20 Mina for an antibiotic at the pharmacy. Thanks for thereminder

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