I was hoping you could get this message out to all the TACP brothers and let them know how much I appreciate the prayers and support I received during my hospitalization. I had no idea what was going on the day I was hospitalized, but I knew it wasn’t good. I was revived that morning after my body shut down and was told two more times during the first week that I probably wasn’t going to make it. I don’t remember too much of the month I was in the hospital, but I do know that my family had flown in from Texas to be with me as I passed. My wife was not only stressed to her breaking point with my status, but now she had a house full of people to take care of and feed. That was where the TACP Association and the TACP brothers stepped in. My wife was given a rental car, a hotel room, and checks started to arrive at the house to buy her gas money and to pay for meals since I was about an hour away from where we live. We not only received money and help from the TACP association, but we received donations from many TACPs and their families as well. My wife had to turn down some money from the TACP association because they had given so much. The anonymous donors and the Association ensured that my wife had nothing to worry about but getting to the hospital and being there with me. Her stress level and sanity were saved by all the help of my TACP brothers out there. I can’t personally thank all of you, but I want you all to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. All of you are as close to me as family and I will never forget the support I received from everyone. Thanks especially to Charlie here at Romad.com for all you have done and continue to do, Charlie Keebaugh for mobilizing the help from the TACP association, and a huge thanks to Nathan English for helping my wife get all the support from Langley organized and for spearheading everything here. Thanks to you all!!!
MSgt Stephen Blackman
TACP/ASOC WST Superintendent