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'Most severely wounded' soldier endures: blind, quadriplegic, struggling to breathe
International Herald Tribune ^ | 6/23/07

Posted on 06/25/2007 12:05:35 AM PDT by LibWhacker

TAMPA, Florida: He lies flat, unseeing eyes fixed on the ceiling, tubes and machines feeding him, breathing for him, keeping him alive. He cannot walk or talk, but he can grimace and cry. And he is fully aware of what has happened to him.

Four years ago almost to this day, Joseph Briseno Jr. was shot in the back of the head at point-blank range in a Baghdad marketplace. His spinal cord was shattered, and cardiac arrests stole his vision and damaged his brain.

The 24-year-old is one of the most severely injured soldiers — some think the most injured soldier — to survive.

(Excerpt) Read more at iht.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: briseno; oifveterans; severely; soldier; wia; wounded
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Pray for him.
1 posted on 06/25/2007 12:05:38 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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I hope he knows what a hero he is to his Countrymen, his parents too.

God bless them.

2 posted on 06/25/2007 12:11:51 AM PDT by Prokopton
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To: LibWhacker

Anyone else thinking of Metallica’s “One”?

I honestly don’t know what to ask for him in prayer, except a swift and merciful death.


3 posted on 06/25/2007 12:12:05 AM PDT by Mountain Troll
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To: LibWhacker

And the nation remains fixated on Paris Hilton.


4 posted on 06/25/2007 12:12:57 AM PDT by HarmlessLovableFuzzball
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To: Mountain Troll

“We always have hope. One day at a time — that’s the way we live our lives,” the elder Briseno said. “We’re so lucky to have him. He was a very good son from the very beginning. God gave Jay to us and he’s a blessing to us.”


5 posted on 06/25/2007 12:14:13 AM PDT by SittinYonder (Ic ■Št gehate, ■Št ic heonon nelle fleon fotes trym, ac wille fur­or gan)
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To: LibWhacker

Father, deep in the night I lift up your child, Joseph Briseno, to You. You are God, and You alone can help Him...

You can help him through our Hands. Let us remember that we are Your Agents on Earth: let us help him be what he can be, and move beyond what he cannot be.

Joseph Briseno can hear, he can speak, and he can think. He has family who love him and believe in him. He has struggled to survive, and he is here because You have a purpose for him.

Tonight, let Joseph Briseno be given hope. I ask this in Jesus name; I am not worthy to come to You and ask for anything, but You still give me the gift. I use this gift - the gift of prayer - to ask for hope to fill the heart of Joseph, and a miracle of healing to fill his body. You are God, and You hear my prayer...


6 posted on 06/25/2007 12:17:30 AM PDT by dandelion
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To: Mountain Troll
Anyone else thinking of Metallica’s “One”? I honestly don’t know what to ask for him in prayer, except a swift and merciful death.

That was my first instinct, too. Metallica, One

For those who don't know, much of the video has scenes from Johnny Got His Gun (film)

7 posted on 06/25/2007 12:20:09 AM PDT by Tamar1973 (Riding the Korean Wave, one BYJ movie at a time! (http://www.byj.co.kr))
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To: LibWhacker

God Bless that young man. He’s gone through so much in his young life. I will be praying for him.


8 posted on 06/25/2007 12:22:08 AM PDT by NRA2BFree ("The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves!")
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To: LibWhacker

This is so sad. I remember reading about this incident years ago when it happened. This soldier was, I believe, in a shopping market looking at DVD’s to buy when someone came up right behind him and shot him point blank in the back of the head. I didn’t know he survived.


9 posted on 06/25/2007 12:24:24 AM PDT by World_Events
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To: Mountain Troll

See comment #6.


10 posted on 06/25/2007 12:27:18 AM PDT by WildcatClan (Duncan Hunter '08 'Doing the jobs Americans aren't willing to do.')
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To: dandelion

Thank you, dandelion. This poor kid needs a million more. I’ll do my best later tonight but it won’t be as good as yours.

Makes me mad because I know exactly why the AP wrote the article, why PBS covered it, why the left loves stories like this one. Not one prayer from any of them. But I’m sure
Freepers will have a different reaction and will pray for him.


11 posted on 06/25/2007 12:27:28 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: World_Events

Me either.


12 posted on 06/25/2007 12:28:59 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Yes, I will pray for Joseph Briseno Jr.


13 posted on 06/25/2007 12:34:49 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: Prokopton

BIG DITTO.


14 posted on 06/25/2007 12:35:13 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: dandelion

This is a good prayer...and I’m borrowed it.


15 posted on 06/25/2007 12:35:33 AM PDT by Aria (NO RAPIST ENABLER FOR PRESIDENT!!!)
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To: dandelion

and Amen.


16 posted on 06/25/2007 12:35:44 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: Pegita; trussell; Brad's Gramma; Salvation

Prayer ping.


17 posted on 06/25/2007 12:37:10 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: LibWhacker

Thank You Lord Jesus for Joseph Briseno Jr.
Please watch over him.
Please guide the medical staff as they tend to him.

Please comfort Joseph and his family and given them
the peace that passes our understanding that only You
can give.

Your will be done.

In Jesus’ Holy name I submit this humble prayer.
Amen.


18 posted on 06/25/2007 12:39:26 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

It would be nice if we could get an address for this young hero. He might appreciate knowing how much his brothers and sisters care about him.


19 posted on 06/25/2007 12:51:16 AM PDT by Prokopton
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To: LibWhacker

Oh yes, pray for this fine young man.


20 posted on 06/25/2007 12:56:39 AM PDT by freekitty
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To: Prokopton

He is probably in the hospital which was noted in the article.


21 posted on 06/25/2007 12:58:40 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: Mountain Troll

Miracles happen! Anything is possible if God wills it. I will pray for this brave man, that he be healed or relieved of his suffering.

Here is the video you referenced: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwW9L_qzqp8


22 posted on 06/25/2007 1:01:50 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Fred Thompson/John Bolton 2008)
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To: NRA2BFree

“All our savings, all our money, was just emptied ... the 401(k)s, everything,” said Joseph Briseno, who took a new job a year and a half ago to make ends meet.

Does someone have an address to send these people money.


23 posted on 06/25/2007 1:34:19 AM PDT by BlueSky194
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To: LibWhacker
"All our savings, all our money, was just emptied ... the 401(k)s, everything," said Joseph Briseno, who took a new job a year and a half ago to make ends meet.

Tell me this is not because our government will not pay 100% of his medical bills.

24 posted on 06/25/2007 1:49:43 AM PDT by Screamname (On this date in history; Al Gore invents the Algorithm)
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To: LibWhacker; Cindy
“We’re so lucky to have him. He was a very good son from the very beginning. God gave Jay to us and he’s a blessing to us.”

Thank You, Most Merciful Father, for the love of these parents for their child ... how grateful they are to see him and touch him and talk with him, and how they cling to the hope that You would work yet another miracle in their beloved son's life. May they rest confident and secure in Your Words ... in Your hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. Job 12:10.

Sustain this truly heroic family, O God, that they would continue to show forth the Words of the Book of Ecclesiastes ~ Chapter 3~

1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Amen and Amen ...

25 posted on 06/25/2007 2:20:33 AM PDT by Pegita ('Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word ...)
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To: Pegita

and Amen.


26 posted on 06/25/2007 2:25:14 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: LibWhacker

America’s finest.

life


27 posted on 06/25/2007 2:39:34 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: LibWhacker; All
Prayers offered. Lord, please Bless this young man and his family, give them strength, be the calm in the storm , and let them find rest in You, as they work toward some recovery and healing for him- In the name of Jesus, I Pray-Amen.

It seems a little bit of good news that he has recovered some small functions. They are facing a long slow process, but eventually , it will get easier.

If this thread is shown to his family:

Perhaps the young man could be encouraged to make one sound for "yes" and two for "no", as a possible way to have some communication? The article mentions he can make some sounds, and is aware- Just a thought.

Reading to him , talking to him, can help calm him . Put TV quiz shows, like "Jeopardy", or "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?", on in the room.
(Even if a person can't respond-IMO- they are listening-Maybe this helps to take their minds off their discomforts for a while?)

HERE
is a link to a veteran's organization dealing with spinal cord injuries
(I found this by doing a web search.)

Could someone find out if there is an address where we can send cards for him, and his family?

28 posted on 06/25/2007 4:47:00 AM PDT by Pajamajan (Pray for president Bush-pray for our military-pray for our congress-pray for our nation)
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To: Mountain Troll

There is a book written after WW1 about a soldier who was similarly left in this condition, “Johnny Got His Gun”. It made a resurgance towards the end of the Vietnam War with the anti-war crowd.


29 posted on 06/25/2007 5:07:05 AM PDT by tupac
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To: LibWhacker

God Bless this young man and his family. I will pray for them all.


30 posted on 06/25/2007 5:08:19 AM PDT by Lillee
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To: Mountain Troll

Praying that he knows peace is preferable to praying for him to die.


31 posted on 06/25/2007 5:13:31 AM PDT by FormerLib (Sacrificing our land and our blood cannot buy protection from jihad.-Bishop Artemije of Kosovo)
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What frosts my soft parts is that we are sending $70 million dollars to one of the sides in the Palestinian ‘dispute’ to buy arms to ‘stabilize’ the situation. How in God’s name, literally, can we send one damned dime to these people when fallen American heroes and their families need anything, ANYTHING at all?

I am disgusted by our government at every level. I don’t know how we’re going to do it, but it’s time to give this government, starting with those traitors at the State Dept. and CIA, an enema.

God bless this man and his family. There are simply no words to express the frustration I am experiencing with the pussy-footing around with this war and especially with Iran.

I will rotate my prayers for this fallen hero and his family with supplications that our country will find the political will to handle this situation in a way that will be more successful than the approach used so far.

32 posted on 06/25/2007 5:32:29 AM PDT by jwpjr (Sigh)
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To: BlueSky194

Thank you for asking. I wondered the same thing and will certainly contribute to such a fund if someone can tell me where. Prayers are important, but this family needs financial support as well. Hopefully we can raise enough to handle their needs for their son PLUS get their retirement accounts back up to snuff.

God bless them!


33 posted on 06/25/2007 5:35:37 AM PDT by jwpjr (Sigh)
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To: LibWhacker

Praying for the Jay Briseno and his mom and dad.

When I think of what this young man, and his family, has sacrificed for this country...when I think about the sacrifices and suffering they still endure, and I think of the tax dollars that are wasted, and the millions received by those who aren’t worthy of getting one free penny....


34 posted on 06/25/2007 5:47:16 AM PDT by LucyJo
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To: dandelion

As I choke back the tears from this story, I echo your prayer.


35 posted on 06/25/2007 9:09:44 AM PDT by Obadiah
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To: BlueSky194

Please ping me if you find out.


36 posted on 06/25/2007 9:12:19 AM PDT by Obadiah
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To: LibWhacker; Brad's Gramma; trussell; Salvation; NYer

Prayers sent


37 posted on 06/25/2007 9:18:47 AM PDT by Hydroshock (Duncan Hunter For President, checkout gohunter08.com.)
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Jay's Journey -- This is the site that Jay Briseno's parents maintain for him. It includes news of Jay's progress, photos of him, and a guest book.
38 posted on 06/25/2007 10:03:32 AM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: Mountain Troll
Anyone else thinking of Metallica’s “One”?

Yep. And "One" was inspired by the book Johnny Got His Gun, by Dalton Trumbo.

39 posted on 06/25/2007 10:06:20 AM PDT by TChris (The Republican Party is merely the Democrat Party's "away" jersey - Vox Day)
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Oh my God.

You will be in my prayers, brave warrior.
40 posted on 06/25/2007 10:08:05 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (..and the horse you rode in on!)
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To: DumpsterDiver

Many thanks.


41 posted on 06/25/2007 11:49:40 AM PDT by Obadiah
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"All our savings, all our money, was just emptied ... the 401(k)s, everything," said Joseph Briseno, who took a new job a year and a half ago to make ends meet.

How much are we spending on pork projects this year?

42 posted on 06/25/2007 11:53:29 AM PDT by Wolfie
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No, he' home, believe it or not.

"If you asked me this from the very beginning, if we can handle it, I wouldn't lie to you. I would say no, that there is no way. There's no way that we're going to learn all these things. But my wife and I, we learned everything. We are the respiratory technician, we are the physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists ... his wound care nurse," Joseph Briseno said.

Shameful. Absolutely shameful.

43 posted on 06/25/2007 11:58:50 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: DumpsterDiver

Thank you for the link Dumpster.


44 posted on 06/25/2007 2:52:17 PM PDT by Pajamajan (Pray for president Bush-pray for our military-pray for our congress-pray for our nation)
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"I am disgusted by our government at every level"

I share in your disgust .

How can we spend millions/billions on pork projects, the Pali's, illegals in the streets- waving their flag, while extending the middle finger of ingratitude to our country, and I'll add: congress-member's bloated salaries ,and cushy retirement/medical benefits, when fallen American heroes and their families need anything, ANYTHING at all?

45 posted on 06/25/2007 3:08:19 PM PDT by Pajamajan (Pray for president Bush-pray for our military-pray for our congress-pray for our nation)
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To: jwpjr; LucyJo; Wolfie
"I am disgusted by our government at every level"

I share in your disgust .

How can we spend millions/billions on pork projects, the Pali's, illegals in the streets- waving their flag, while extending the middle finger of ingratitude to our country, and I'll add: congress-member's bloated salaries ,and cushy retirement/medical benefits, when fallen American heroes and their families need anything, ANYTHING at all?

46 posted on 06/25/2007 3:08:22 PM PDT by Pajamajan (Pray for president Bush-pray for our military-pray for our congress-pray for our nation)
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To: Pajamajan

I know,jan. I don’t know how some of the Congress critters, and some of those heading and working in gov’t agencies, look at themselves in the mirror. The misappropriation of funds, the graft, etc., in gov’t is beyond sickening and shameful, and sinful. If they worked as hard at handling the money properly as they do at collecting it....


47 posted on 06/25/2007 4:02:03 PM PDT by LucyJo
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To: tupac

” “...Johnny Got His Gun”. It made a resurgance towards the end of
the Vietnam War with the anti-war crowd. “

It was a good book.
And yes, I did read it as a teenager during the wind-down of the
Vietnam War.

Interesting sidebar (linked below) details the good writer,
self-appointed snitch (on the people who wanted his book during WWII)
and Communist that wrote the book:

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=1859


48 posted on 06/25/2007 4:07:20 PM PDT by VOA
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To: LibWhacker

God..bless this soldier.


49 posted on 06/25/2007 4:09:47 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet -Fred'08)
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To: Pajamajan
This is nothing short of a disgrace. Billions of dollars of earmarks for pet projects of hundreds of congress critters, and this poor family not only has to suffer through the horrible injuries their son received AND lose their life’s savings.

Disgusted doesn’t come even near to expressing my reaction but it’s the only word I can think of right now.

50 posted on 06/25/2007 4:18:22 PM PDT by jwpjr (Sigh)
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