Have You Wondered What Your Government Is Doing To Help Haiti?






BradyGuitarMy son Brady is a Staff Sargent in the United States Air Force.   In this photo he is doing what he loves, and when I think of him I hear his well-written music  in my mind, so this image is one of my favorites.

Brady has fought in Iraq and has seen things you and I wouldn’t want to even dream about.  War takes it’s tole on everyone, but it has not taken away the very big heart he has had since he was quite young.

There have been many times where I wish I could go back and raise my kids all over again, and correct the many mistakes I made as a parent, but then I realize that if I did that then Brady wouldn’t be who he is today and leading in such amazing ways.

He was recently sent to Haiti on a mission to assist Haitians recover during the aftermath of the earthquake.  Below is a story of his first flight there.  I asked him if I could share his experience with my readers and he agreed.  I have one request; please donate wherever you can and whenever you can to help this mission.  Haiti will need help for a very, very long time.

To my son…You are a leader.  I love you very much.

What I do for Haiti, and for Myself…

Flying in to Port Au Prince was like flying into a war zone. Mass devastation, yet the local grounds and natural land formations seemed untouched.

As we got closer to touching down, they warned us that it was going to be an abrupt stop. That was an understatement. The rear of the plane hit the tarmack with the smoothest of ease…but as the wheels began to grip, the front end slammed into the ground. The pilot hit those breaks with what seemed like every ounce of strength he had. You could smell the rubber coming off the wheels as we roared down the runway.  He threw on the reverse thrusters, improving our stopping power even more.

Ever been shot out of a cannon into a brick wall? Me either, but I bet it was pretty close to this. As the flying barge quickly (and thankfully) lost momentum, the pilot came over the loud speaker saying he was sorry for the quick stop but he was afraid he would run off the runway…(what a great feeling of security).

During the whole ordeal, I heard the faint whisper of a stewardess in my mind “contents may have shifted during flight…” brady on phoneEverything was everywhere…nearly losing 6 pallets of high stacked water and 4 pallets of food to what would have been a watery mess in the belly of the aircraft. I had to gather my belongings up, which had become UFOs during the landing, from the front of the giant open bay.

As we FINALLY came to a stop, engines still blaring, we dropped the aft-hatch of the Globemaster. What we saw were things I’ve only seen in movies before…people sitting/laying everywhere. Helos taking off and landing in any open spot on the fields adjacent to the runway and taxiways, crews rushing to meet the injured people on the ground. Planes of all types and other Helos flying overhead in search of others need aid…there seemed to be absolute mass caos. I swallowed hard and stepped off the plane.

I was met by a thousand staring faces. They all seemed to have the same questioning look of ‘what were we doing there’ and ‘do we have any food?’ Most seemed to be worried about being able to leave the country while others pointed to the food and water now being offloaded from the rear of the plane.

It took all of about 2 seconds before I noticed all the cameras…CNN and other world news agencies feverishly working to capture the pain and anguish of the Haitian peoples faces…it killed me. No hesitation…no common courtesy or decency to leave the people be…just cameras all up in their pain and suffering…inches away from their faces. What happened to being here to help? It seemed as though they were there more for the story and a shot at getting that ‘network’ position. As I stood guard at the front door of the plane, I counted the cameras I could see…97 cameras in a 150 ft gap…INSANE!!! I just don’t get it sometimes…

I stood guard outside for the AC for a little over an hour…engines still roaring…until it was time to board. Watching those lucky few faces shine, as though they won the lottery, climb onto the plane was one of the best rewards i could have asked for. It wasn’t the same as rebuilding their house or church, or bringing their animals back to life, but it sure was a close damn second. I didn’t really know what to expect when I volunteered for these missions but I sure figured out why real quick.

As we taxied out to the runway, there was a rabid excitement in the childrens faces. For some, it was their first plane ride…ever…for others, it was the last time they’d ever see the place they called home. At any rate, they were smiling.
Once we were airborn, we handed out the little bit of food and water we had on board…can you imagine…being so hungry and thirsty and the first real sustinance you get is a variety of cookies and powerade…nice. What a ‘Welcome to America’ showing…lol! Needless to say, the kids were STILL smiling.

brady plane picThe sides of the plane were the only seats available, as seen in this picture. These people are all on the floor. We took as many as we could fit.

They gathered up any and every little thing they could possibly find. The Haitians were apprehensive at first but eased their nerves when they saw more food waiting for them just off the back end of the plane. I carried an orphan out and put him down next to one of the female agents. As soon as his feet hit the ground, he squeezed my neck with all his might and took off running towards the food line.

The trip had come full circle for me. What transformed from an early wake-up and just another mission, turned out to be one of the greatest days of my life. I’m honored to do the work I do. I’m honored to have to opportunity…I love being an American.

Have a great day everybody. I hope this provides a little hope for you for our nation and for the world.

Feel free to comment and share.

Connecting to community, and seeing transformations happen, can be profound particularly when its your own community. Kellie\'s simple truths brings people back to the basics of emotional connections with faith, hope and love. Invite her to speak at your next event today.
Related Posts with Thumbnails

About Kellie

A Devoted Wife, and Mother, Published Author, Inspirational Speaker, a Certified Trainer for Creating MasterMind Communities, and Founder of Connecting LLC. Kellie’s Ultimate Intention is to BE the Love She Wants to See in the World.
This entry was posted in Business Development, LEADERSHIP, LIFE COACHING, Personal Development, POSTS, RAISING KIDS WITH CHOICES. Bookmark the permalink.

13 Responses to Have You Wondered What Your Government Is Doing To Help Haiti?

  1. bobbi says:

    big smiles from aunt bobbi…. so glad you posted this note from brady ~hugs

    [Reply]

  2. Theresa Moss says:

    Wow, what an incredible view from a real insider. story from Haiti has affected me like no other tragedy in many years. I just cannot imagine how conflicting it must be to be there and know that the help you are offering is so small, yet makes such a big difference to just a few. God Bless your son, Kellie. You have earned the right to be as proud as you can be. He’s a good man.

    [Reply]

  3. jean says:

    great story Kellie,
    thank you so much for sharing this.
    it breaks your heart to see what is going on.

    [Reply]

  4. Jodi Lee says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this experience with the world. You are doing amazing work and you have impacted all those lives in a positive way. Not many people can say that in the face of such devastation.

    Jodi

    [Reply]

  5. Wow, great story. Just beautifully written. I love being an American, too and things like this make me love it even more.

    [Reply]

    Kellie Reply:

    Thank you Ladies, I can empathize with what you are all saying. I watch the news sometimes and think I see my son on occasion and I know that no matter what – he is doing what he loves to do. Help others have a better life. That is what we’re all meant to do.

    [Reply]

  6. Julianna Brower says:

    Such an amazing story, it really has inspired me to step up and do my part. I wish there was more I could do, but your are right all of our small efforts together will add up and make a big impact.

    [Reply]

  7. Don Enck says:

    You must be a very proud mother. To witness the work that your son is doing and to hear first hand his experience is very amazing. When you see this going on you know that you did everything right to make them the unique person that they are. Thank you Brady for the role you have played in the relief efforts.

    [Reply]

  8. This post is so important, I can’t even begin to express. I have been trying to get every bit of material out to Haiti that I can and I wish everyone joins me.

    This was an extremely inspiring post. We need more straight-shooting information from real people with real experiences.

    Thanks so much for posting this.

    [Reply]

  9. Michael Feil says:

    Very profound article! I really enjoyed reading it! You have such great content!

    [Reply]

  10. Wow Julianna this is truly an amazing well written story that just wants to make you sit and cry. We all face sadness in our lives, we have dealt with 911 but nothing has even come close to what these people are going through. Thank you for writing a story to touch every heart that reads it.

    [Reply]

  11. Kimberly Castleberry says:

    Tell you son I said thanks for serving.

    We cant thank these men and ladies enough, ever!

    His story drives home what I’ve hated about the media during this whole event. They’ve been in places filming people starving to death… and yet we never see THEM handing out relief. They talk about how relief has not yet arrived and yet obviously they arrived without bringing what they should have.

    Thank you for sharing this incredibly powerful story!

    [Reply]

  12. Brady Frazier says:

    Thank you all for the support and kind words. I cannot express the joy I feel in every trip I take to Haiti for the Haitian people. Nine times out of ten, whenever they get aboard the plane, they fall right asleep from sheer exhaustion. I can’t help but smile while I see people of all ages, shapes, sizes and races clinging to each other for hope and comfort. It’s about time I see what I’ve been waiting to see all my life…Thanks again everyone. I really appreciate it. Have a blessed day!

    [Reply]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>