A letter from Iraq...  from Deanna Higgins                              


Hey Jim,

It's Deanna. I was checking out the website 'cause I haven't been able to since I have been out here, but I had a little free time today and checked it out. I love what you have done with it. It was nice to see all the pictures of everyone having a good time at the family reunion. I wish I could attend it this year -- as well as every other year I have missed -- but I will not be back in the States by then.

I want to thank you for all you have done to keep the family updated on what everyone is up to. Iím disappointed I will be missing the reunion again this year but let everyone know they are all in my heart. Iíve realized in being out here that a lot of us (Bills family members) donít know each other that well but the fact is, we're all family and thatís what brings us together every year. A lot of people donít have that chance and donít realize what that means to everyone.

I was wondering if you could do me a favor. I had a flag flown out here for the Higgins family as well as for everyone else at the reunion. Since I am unable to attend, I was wondering if you would fly the flag for me at the reunion. At the end of the day I would like you to give it to my uncle Matt for the whole Higgins family, because I know he would rather it be him out here than me. 

As far as out here goes, Iím getting by. It gets crazy sometimes but we take it a day at a time and things could be worse so I canít complain. 

Well, I have to go for now. I hope to hear back from you soon and again, thank you for everything and thank you for the support.

Take care, XOXO,


Retired US Marine, Jack Ryan and Matt Higgins, a retired NYPD detective, fold a flag that was sent to the family by Deanna Higgins. Deanna had the flag flown over her base while stationed in Iraq.