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12/2/2023 c1 79Paulina Ann
For some reason, I hadn't read this story yet. Not sure why, except I tend to skip a lot of one-shots. But this was nicely written and very poignant.

I also realize that it has now been over a year since you completed a story. I need another one in 2024. :) Oh, and be sure Joe is in it. No snakes please... or maybe it might be fun to revisit the snakes. I'm sure Joe would hate it. :)

Thanks for sharing your story with us and just know that people are still reading them almost ten years after posting.
8/29/2022 c1 Erin mansfield
This is very moving. Amazing job. Well done.
1/18/2022 c1 AWater Lily
Heart-moving. An excellent tribute to those fallen.
5/29/2021 c1 jdale
May all of those who have given their lives for their country rest in peace.
9/12/2020 c1 Everlasting Delena19
This was fantastic. Thank you for sharing it.
9/4/2020 c1 blaircrazy1
Beautiful! What a lovely heartfelt tribute to our fallen men and women.
10/10/2018 c1 Drumboy100
Wow! Probably shouldn't have read this at work, did not expect it to move me like it did. I like the choice of the airport: a setting for transitions, of some doors closing and others opening. Good description of "building peace" as the military's objective-an ironic concept, yes-leading to a rather bipolar reaction/misunderstanding to the military, how some groups of people hate them because they think violence is the objective. "We understand you're escorting a fallen soldier." Ahhh I should have seen that coming but didn't, whoa! Joe feels disrespectful sitting in first class; survivor's guilt; you described all of this so beautifully that it makes me wonder what your own experiences are with the military. "Promise me"-oh, no, what a tough position for Joe to be in...my father is a minister and I know he feels guilty when people pass away the same night after he visits them...but understandable that Jack knew the state of his body and wanted this last message given. Even despite all this I did not choke up until the ovation Joe accepted on Jack's behalf as he left the plane. A very cool place to start an AU-with Jack's ghost still haunting Joe throughout. What a story!
3/5/2017 c1 vorelt21
Very sad but also very intriguing. Nice Job!
2/27/2016 c1 13popalot
such a touching story. I salute the soldiers that are fighting for our freedom.
8/2/2015 c1 Torchwood Cardiff
Wow, this was amazing. Can't wait to read more fics from you.
5/29/2014 c1 29Mrs. Frank Hardy
I can't tell you how much I loved this! It actually made me cry, but I could practically feel the emotions. Which is a good thing! It's good to have you back, Jilsen. )
4/6/2014 c1 87emeraldarrows
Excellent and very poignant.
3/20/2014 c1 8Foxy121
Very touching! Good story.
3/19/2014 c1 8zenfrodo
Wow. Just...wow, Jilsen. I can't say anymore.
3/19/2014 c1 18Red Hardy
Absolutely beautiful. I have two uncles who served in WWII, a cousin who served in Vietnam and another cousin who is currently on his fifth (I think... we've lost count) tour of Afghanistan or that general area; he can't tell us exactly where he is. For honoring them, all those who have served, who continue to serve and all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice - thank you!

I really enjoy first person POV. It is difficult to write well but you did it superbly. It wouldn't have had the same emotion in third person. I've often thought Joe might join the military, and you did an outstanding job bringing that to life. I think my favorite part was on the plane when everyone clapped as Joe was leaving; I really loved how Joe 'accepted' the accolades for Jack.

What a wonderful story and moving tribute. Thank you for sharing it with us.
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