I wish we had something more to report than what you’re already seeing on our homepage and elsewhere. The hallways here in New York are quieter than usual. There are frequent conversations that begin with “How are they doing?” and end with expressions of optimism, “but they really don’t know.”
I do know that people around here are genuinely grateful to all the people who have written good wishes on our message boards. And we all know that many, many men and women in uniform have been injured in Iraq; the one difference is that Bob and Doug are our friends.
I did a story a year ago about a remarkable young Army Sergeant named Jessica Clements, who was hit in the head by shrapnel from an I.E.D. near Baghdad, and, incredibly, came through. The piece got a lot of attention and an Emmy nomination, but I thought the credit should go to Sgt. Clements and the medical professionals who helped her recover. She was airlifted to the Army hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, just as Doug and Bob have been.
Please read the message boards if you haven’t already, and add something of your own if you want to. We all wish we knew more.