Im in the army (WONT GIVE OUT THE BASE). Im also a SPC as well like your son. I was scrolling online and i found your sight and i want to say im so so sorry for the loss of your son. From the pics and the video displayed on youtube..i bet he was fun to be around and very respectful. It honesty made me tear up. the thing i learn from this sight is every person serves a purpose on this earth. It's weird (im going to open up if you dont mind)...awhile back i was tired of living and i tried to commit suicide.
I was unsuccessful and after the incident, it made me realize we may not know it but people care they really do. Even though you lost a son you recieve countless condolescences from us all showing that we either care or can relate to what you're going through. I leave you with this: STAY STRONG...you're doing a good job. I can just tell. AND continue to support us and we'll do the same for you, your family, and for this memorial site. I also wish you the best of luck looking for another job, and your main job for now is to stick to wqhat's right, and give out some resources on how to battle PTSD, like i said your doing an awesome job. Keep the faith, and be safe.
W/ all respect, SPC Jackson US ARMY
You will not be forgotten / Matt Johnston (no relation ) My condolences to you and your family.....the sacrifices of all those who serve will never be forgotten...
I was going through one of my scrapbooks the other day. I came across the pics of me, you and Stacy sledding at Capitol Hill. Wow, what a fun night we had! I sure do miss the fun times we had. There isn't a day that goes by that I dont miss your smile! You have such a wonderful family and great friends. I'm so glad your mom is doing what she's doing! She's a great person! I miss and love ya very much. RIP sweetie!
My deepest condolences For Jason Cooper and his family. / John Bain (A Canadian soldier. A fellow NATO Soldier ) Dear Cooper family, My deepest and warmest thoughts to Jason Coopers Family and Jason Cooper. I"m a soldier in the Canadian army and have lost many friends in theatre of operations. I have trained many many times with United States Of America's military units. Lots of my buddies have been to Afghanistan.Some on a second tour of duty. I was watching the news and heard about Jason. I was thinking, oh did he do something great for his Platoon? Then listened more, and heard the sad story of Jason. Then I thought how many more young men have to die? Tears my heart apart. I'm hoping that this email will let you know that even us Canadians from the North do care about the American people. I can totally relate that you have to be tough in the military. Its the most difficult profession on this planet. We do this job because we love our countries more than anything.
STAND EASY JASON
John Paul Scot Bain (Corporal)
My sympathy / Lorna Grandy (no relation ) I found about Jason Cooper just by surfing the web. My sympathy to all his family and friends. May you have peace in your hearts someday and concentrate on happy memories of Jason. I was so sad to hear about how he died.
Just wanting to talk / Mom Hi Jas, I used to write you emails everyday while you where in Iraq and I miss telling you the daily going-ons and how your brother and sister was doing. So here I am, I know you already know the things I want to say, but it's a hard routine to break I guess.
Mick is getting so big now. Bruce had to finaggle his way thru your Grandmother to receive some of your clothing she was selling at her garage sale. It was with the stipulations that none of it was to go to me. Of course, I have what Mick could not wear. I have no idea why your Grandmother hates me and Jena so much, but I think it's just the simple fact that we are females. She had never liked any female friends you had. Mick tried to wear your tennis shoes and was almost in tears when they didn't fit. His feet have gotten pretty big now.
Jena is struggling her way thru nursing school. She misses you so much and her and I will never forget the fun times with you that we love to talk about. She too feels the hatred from your Grandmother and just feels disgusted when she sees your half a million dollar life insurance policy being squandered away on your fathers pool, trips to Vegas and the Carribeans and of course his home away from home "Suds". Some things just never change I guess.
Jacari acts so much like you that it is really noticable. He is such a cutie, and has a very loving personality. Thanks Jas for guiding him along and watching over him.
And for me, well I continue to let people know who you were. How a bright and shinning star was lost to this war. I tell your story so other families do not have to face the heartbreak your family and friends have endured. I know you never meant to hurt any of us, your heart was too big for that. But if we continue to mourn your loss, it is because your heart was big and kind and we all need a little of that in our daily lives. So I stand up to the government and the politics and rhetoric that continues to fail our brave soldiers because no family deserves their love for their soldier to be directed at a six foot square of ground decorated with silk flowers.
Just tonight I was confonted with a distant family member of yours that wanted to tell me how "soldiers know where the VA is" it's their own fault that they don't go to get help" Blah, blah, blah.... as her rantings fell on my ears, I realized that I have alot more work to do. Especially with veterans who have never seen combat. Boy the army mindset is hard to break. I questioned myself as to whether I will be back at the resturant where I loved to eat the Wednesday night special. I don't believe Mary and I will be causaully speaking ever again. Too bad!
But Jas, what I really need to say is that I love you buddy! I miss you so much that words cannot describe this longing to just hug you or talk to you or watch our favorite movies togethers. But I know someday I will see you again and all the hurt and pain will be gone then and we can simply be without all the other added bull.
Love you the mostest buddy, Mama
Just thinking of the fun times..... / Jena Cooper (Sister) Hey Jas, just wanted to let you know I cant stop thinking of all the fun times we had together. When I was younger you use to take me everywhere with you!!! I probably embarassed you half the time...lol, remember the time when we got all that snow and we were doing donuts in southridge parking lot and Brandon rolled the window down as you were doing them and we were all covered in snow..lol and the time you had one of those super soakers and we drove around looking for people on bikes to spray..lol we finally found one...and you blasted the hell out of him!!! LOL that was FUNNY!! Or the time we were playing hide and seek with our friends at dads at like 2 in the morning and everytime you would hide you made that annoying criket sound you could do!! I remember our skating days at Skate South..I swear I thought I was so cool because my brother was the best skater there..and lol I couldnt even skate backwards..I remember you use to do the moonwalk on skates...now that was amazing!! I miss you so much and everyday without you is harder it seems...I just wanted to remember the good times with you and tell you I LOVE YOU!!
You will not be forgotten. IraqWarHeroes.org / Q. Madp (Greatful American ) Thank You For Your Service Spc Jason Cooper. At-Ease soldier, rest; you've served us well and I wish I could have been there to help you as well.
You will not be forgotten as far as I can help it.
i had lost contact with jason over the years and now i live my life full of IF ONLY. I had moved away so didn't know much of anything as far as other peoples lives I'm here to tell jason that he is missed I did not know that jason had passed away until i went to marks funeral. I sat there waiting for him to walk in i just wanted a hug since i didn't know very many other people needless to say you can image my response when he never came and marks friend ryan got up to talk about mark and had mentioned all the friends that they had lost this past year.. that was the hardest day i have ever had to face. i met jason with mark 2 of the most polite respectful guys i had met in my life neither will be forgotten I just owe it to them now to let the world know how much they meant to me and to also say don't EVER lose contact you may think you have all the time in the world but you don't cherish what you have while they are still here!!!! IF this upset anyone i do apologize and my deepest sympathy goes to jason's family I know that you lost more than any of us can imagine just know that your son was loved ALOT !!!! ARIEL
To duck or not / Luis Mari (1544TC soldier ) I served with Jason as a warlock team with the 1544 TC. I really did not know him much,but I knew we could count on him if if got tough. I remember him for he was always serious about the mission. I offer my condolences to your family. I was looking for info on the Log Base and came with an article about this young soldier that could not come to terms with the mess we went through. I was surprised when I saw his photograph. I am really sorry that help to him was unreachable. Bombs on the road were acceptable to us and small arms fire was routine, as long as we helped our fellow soldiers. We gave up life when we left and adrelanine took over us. Addictive indeed. It comes like this, should we take cover and duck or should we stand up and fight for our friends in the convoys. Thanks for his choice. Tiger4 over
God bless those who suffer in silence / Alan Hensley Terri,
Thank you for meeting with me today. Your words were indeed profound and did not fall on deaf ears. As a 25-year military veteran who knows exactly what Jason meant when he said "Over there, he had a purpose." In counseling session after counseling session I have repeatedly heard this expressed.
Most of my service were in places I never was doing things I never did, so I can relate to Jason as he suffered in silence. Far too often, I too, was subjected to this torment; the feeling no one else would understand; the stigma of feeling if you did talk to someone about the horrors of what we saw, you were somehow less of a man. Now we have an added dimension -- females in combat. Consequently, the men of our Armed Forces do not want to suggest they are not immune to suffering; the women -- they don't want to suggest that they are in any way inferior to a man. In both cases, the ones who suffer, suffer in silence. For this very reason, I have pursued my PhD and made myself a promise to help the men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan until my race on earth is done.
My goal -- counseling for PTSD predisposition before our men and women are subjected to the worst atrocities life has to offer, and mandatory counseling within 90 days after their return, and beyond as needed. Mandatory counseling releases the veteran from the stigma -- it's just something everyone has to do. The psychological study I am proposing to the Department of Defense will hopefully validate the effectiveness of my assertions that this method will save lives and preserve the mental and physical health of our young men and women.
For any veteran returning from OIF/OEF, if you feel the need to talk, call me, call you minister, call your best friend. Please don't suffer in silence. I am not here to judge, but rather to offer the ear of one who has been there. God bless you for your sacrifices. They will not be forgotten.
Alan L. Hensley, MS, BCETS Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress Diplomate, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (AAETS) Member, Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists Member, American Counseling Association (712) 526-2401 (402) 233-9891 (Pager)
To A Family Who Is A Hero In My Eyes / Laura Bly (Friend) I just wanted to let people know how I feel about this Family (TERRI, JENA, MICK, VINCE & JACARI) First off Terri who has been a Rock for this Family who has taken a tragic event in her life and is trying to do something positive by getting the word out about P.T.S.D. what a Godsend most Mother's would crawl up in a hole, but not Terri she just keeps pushing on day by day. Don't get me wrong I know she has bad days and it must be unbearable @ times but with the help of Her Rock Vince & her Kids & Grandson she pulls it together and keeps going. That's why Jason was such a Great Son and Person & Friend. Second Jena who has a Big task ahead of Her by telling Jacari all about His Wonderful Uncle Jas. all the stories of growing up. Showing him pics. of Uncle Jas. and telling him the stories behind the pics. Teach him well and with Love. Third, Mick a little Brother who looked up to His Big Brother Jas. Remember all the Great times you had with Him, all the laughter,fun and just chillin' with him, he is there with you every day Mick. Keep Him in your Heart Always and you will be OK. Then we have Vince who had been a Rock for Terri and the kids, sometimes this wouid be enough to tear most Relationship's apart but you have hung in there and you are still there I know that you Loved Jas. and you will keep the Memories of Jas alive you will pass them on to Jacari. You are a Great Person Never Forget that. Then Jacari you will learn so much about your Uncle Jas. from Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle Mick, Mom, and all of his Friends and the rest of his Family. You Will know your Uncle Jas. as if he was still alive. I love you guys and Take Care of Each Other.
check this web site out / L. J. (f) Any one that knows Jason or just stops by this web site should check out the web site called loose change 2nd edition
I miss you Jas / Kayla Owens (Close Friend ) So its been over a year and I still can't grasp the fact that your gone. Your memorial was awesome... You mom did a great job with it. We went out to your grave site that day, It was my first time since the funeral. I could never get myself to go before. I sat with Mick and we talked and cried. And it was so sad, he misses you so much. As do I. Everyday I have memories run through my head and sometimes its just too hard and I break down and cry... You are missed so very much. Jas I can't wait for the day that I see you again... I miss you tons.. I wish you were here.. You were the one I could always talk to when I felt like my life was goin bad and now I find myself just sitting there starring at the sky telling you everything. It isn't the same being back in Des Moines without you. I pray that you'll pull up on the bike or drive by like you used to but that day will never come. I just wanted to let you know that I love you, ALWAYS have, ALWAYS will!!! You are forever in my heart.
My condonlences and support / Dan Allen (none) Dear Ms. Jones:
I recently read about the loss of your son in the Progressive Magazine and want to extend my deepest condolences to you, your family, and Jason's friends. I have an 18 year old son and I can't imagine what life would be like without him. Please know that you have the love and support of many people in this country.
It is tragic what a few of your neighbors are doing to you and your flag. I applaud your act of courage and bravery in flying the flag upside down. Yes this country is in distress and noboby knows it better than our soldiers and their families. I encourage you to follow your heart, keep flying your flag the way you want to...that is what our soldiers have fought for throughout our history. The right to free speech!!
God bless you...
former soldier wishes condolences / Philip Truax (none) I don't really know where to start to express my sadness for your loss. Perhaps it is because i also have felt loss during this conflict that has caused me to want to write. I am a former soldier in the us army, I have lost too many friends in this conflict and I fear that I would consider your son amongst them. It brings tears to my eyes whenever i look upopn the faces of fallen comrades, seemingly family to others in the service. While I was in the service I can not say i ever once felt alone because i knew that even if I had never met the person before someone like you son would come and irsk his life to save mine if need be. We all felt that way, a family of over a hundred thousand. What your son was fighting for was the very right to display that flag and your freedom of speech. I can not understand why people would tell you that their right to free speech would supercede your own. They may not like the message, but your sacrifice and Jason's are proof of why why need to continue to have that very right. I pray all the time that such losses as your may never be felt again and sincerely hope that Jason knows how many people, known or unknown, care so very deeply for him and anyone else who has given so much of themselves for the safety and comfort of the rest of us. Thank you.
1 YEAR / HEIDI TALBURT (CLOSE FRIEND ) JAS, I SIT HERE ON YOUR ONE YEAR MOMORIAL AND THINK OF THE GOOD TIMES, CRYING WISHING YOU WERE HERE. I WANNA KEEP TELLING MYSELF THAT YOUR STILL HERE, AND YOU ARE-IN MY HEART! LOOKING AT SOME OLD PICS OF US AND THE GOOD OL' TIMES AT THE CLUB WE ALL USE TO HAVE! I REMEMBER YOU ALWAYS BRING YOUR G-MAS LINCOLN TO NEWTON TO COME SEE ME AND SHOW UP AT MY DOOR WHEN I HAD NO PHONES, PLAYING PS2 WITH YOU WHILE WE MADE OUR OWN CARS TO RACE EACH OTHER! TALKING ABOUT ALL THE PARTS WE WANTED FOR OUR OWN CARS..LOL.. THE DOZEN ROSES YOU SHOWED UP WITH BEFORE YOU LEFT FOR CAMP AND I STILL HOLD IN MY HAND THE CARD FROM THEM! THE TIME YOU WERE BACK TO VISIT FROM IRAQ AND WENT PAINT BALLING WITH YOUR DAD IN COLFAX I THINK WAS THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU WHEN YOU STEPPED OUTSIDE TO GIVE ME THAT BIG HUG.. AND WHEN I WENT TO YOUR DAD'S HOUSE IN THE MIDDLE OF IT BEING BUILT AND YOU HAD FLOOR HEATERS KEEPING YOU WARM WORKING ON IT..LOL.. I'LL NEVER 4GET YOU AND SANDERS SKIING WITH PLASTIC BAGS OVER YOUR FEET BEING PULLED BEHIND A TRUCK IN THE EARL MAY PARKING LOT ON THE SOUTHSIDE, FUNNY STUFF!! LOL... I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW, I HAVENT FORGOT BOUT YOU AND NEVER WILL! I MISS YOU SOO SOO MUCH AND WAIT FOR THE DAY TO SEE YOU AGAIN.. LOVE YOU JASON COOPER!
Jason gave all / Laura Bly (Friend)
I MISS YOU =( / KAYLA OWENS (CLOSE FRIEND )
JAS, I MISS YOU SO0O0O0O0O0O MUCH. I WENT TO STATIK TONIGHT AND I CRIED CAUSE I'M NOT USED TO BEING THERE WITHOUT YOU. THE OTHER NIGHT I WENT TO THE LILAC GARDEN THAT WE USED TO GO TO AND FELL ASLEEP LISTENING TO SONGS THAT MADE ME THINK OF YOU. SOMEDAYS I WONDER HOW I WILL EVER BE ABLE TO MOVE ON OR GET PAST THE FACT THAT YOU ARE NOT COMING BACK. AND THEN I SEE MIC AND I KNOW JUST BY LOOKING AT HIM THAT YOU LIVE ON THROUGH HIM. YOU ARE MISSED BY SO MANY PEOPLE. I TALK TO YOUR PARENTS EVERY NOW AND THEN BUT ITS SO HARD CAUSE I DON'T KNOW WHAT I COULD POSSIBLY SAY TO EASE THIER PAIN. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH JASON, YOU COULD NEVER IMAGINE HOW MUCH. I PRAY EVERYDAY THAT I WILL GET A LATE NIGHT PHONE CALL OR A KNOCK AT MY WINDOW BUT NO MATTER HOW LONG I WAIT FOR THEM THEY NEVER COME. I MISS HEARING YOU VOICE OR SEEING YOUR BEAUTIFUL SMILE. YOU ARE MY WORLD JAS AND I'M SO HAPPY TO HAVE SPENT THE TIME I DID WITH YOU. IF IT WASNT FOR YOU I WOULDN'T BE WHO I AM TODAY. I WILL ALWAYS BE THERE FOR YOUR FAMILY... ESPECIALLY MIC.... HE LOOKS SO MUCH LIKE YOU.... WHEN I LOOK AT HIM I FEEL THAT I AM LOOKING INTO THE JASON I FIRST MET 7 YEARS AGO.... I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU AGIN JAS... HOPEFULLY SOONER RATHER THAN LATER
I LOVE YOU WITH ALL OF MY HEART AND WILL FOREVER!!!!
The best way to honor the troops / David Gonzalez (Heard about his story on the web ) I have a friend in Iraq, and what I have learned is that the best way to honor the troops is to fight to bring them home NOW! This war was and is based upon lies!! Those of you that throw out empty slogans about the troops and democracy do no honor to the troops or to the country. You simply do a disservice to the country by throwing out your empty slogans that mean nothing without action. The real action to take is to bring the troops home and immediately end this mindless war that is making this country and the world more dangerous.