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About Friends Working to Free Scott Speicher

Below are some words written by advocates of Scott—his friends and even people whom he has never met, but who care about him and want to see him safely home.

Check back frequently, as we will be updating this page often, adding comments from friends and well-wishers.


From Nels Jensen:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; who does actually try to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.—
Theodore Roosevelt

I feel these words of Theodore Roosevelt correctly depict the fortitude of Scott Speicher's friends and classmates.  Over the years, we somehow found the faith, the courage, and patience in dealing with this great American tragedy.  We do not understand all the mysteries and misfortunes that have caused Scott’s friends and family considerable pain, but we are determined to persevere until Scott is back home.

We have no hidden agendas.  No axes to grind for former mistakes made in the rush to judgment that prevented Captain Scott Speicher's rescue from happening over fourteen years ago.  Our mission is to bring awareness of Scott’s plight, in hopes that all of America, its military, and its officials will give Scott the benefit of the doubt, and bring the assurance to all that we have left no one behind.

It is not just the classmates of Scott who have valiantly entered the arena for his sake. Countless thousands of others, who didn't even know him, have supported our efforts — and in doing so, have earned our gratitude and respect.  Without these patriots' help and encouragement, we could not have existed.  It is their devotion to Scott — daring mightily — which brings them the distinction that all of us recognize as true "friends" of Scott.

Our focus is nearing completion and we feel we will be victorious in our mission of bringing Scott home.  We have run the  race set before us with patience, "…the race is not to the swift…" and we know in due season we shall reap, because in Him all things are possible.  We have fought the good fight and believe God will honor our prayers.  For our Lord and Savior is the author and finisher of our faith, and we recognize His power over principalities, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

May God bless our brave heroes fighting in foreign lands, President Bush, our elected officials, Matt Maupin, and Scott Speicher.  May God take charge over you, protect and  keep you in all His ways.

Nels Jensen Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Vice President
Friends Working To Free Scott Speicher

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31


From Debbie Isaac:

My name is Debbie Isaac.  I am a member of the Board of Directors for the Friends Working to Free Scott Speicher organization.  I went to high school with Scott - we graduated in 1975 from N. B. Forrest High School in Jacksonville, FL.  Scott was a dear classmate.  He was popular among all.  He was very nice, very smart and a valued athlete.  He was an all around good guy!  I last saw him at our 15 year high school reunion just one month before he shipped out and just five months before his plane went down.  I remember the fateful night they announced the name of the "first casualty of the Gulf War" and being in shock when I heard his name.  We all believed the reports that he was KIA.  However, years later, information came out in the news media that led us to believe there was some hope that he survived the crash and was alive after all.  At that time, we called upon our classmates to form an organization to spread awareness of Scott's story and to do whatever we could to help bring him home.  If there was even a remote chance that he was still out there, it was worth the time and effort to give him the benefit of the doubt.  To this day, his family has not given up hope and we too stay positive in our thoughts that he will be found.  We continue to pray for Scott!

Debbie Isaac — Jacksonville, FL, USA
Board Member, Advocate
Friends Working to Free Scott Speicher


From Angela Santana:

Why is it that some people can have such an impact on your life that you know after meeting them or hearing their story you will never be the same? Such is the case of the day I came to know about Captain Scott Speicher. On a cold day this past January of 2005, as I was on the Internet for a research project I was working on, I came across a website that had compiled many news articles telling Scott’s story—a story I had never heard until then. From that day forward, for me, the battle was on. I knew that I’d just learned about something that I could not help but become involved in.

In short order, I learned things about Scott Speicher the patriot, the Christian and the man. I saw someone who had gone out to fight for what he believed in — our home, this incredible nation of the United States of America — but he never came back home. I felt the weight of responsibility for his life. After all, he’d gone out for my benefit as much as anyone’s, and since he fought for me, could I do less than fight for him?

We celebrate freedom in this nation; freedom bought at a tremendous price. The cost of keeping a nation safe is exorbitant, and Captain Scott Speicher, along with all of our fighting men and women, are willing to pay the bill. My deepest gratitude goes out to all of our soldiers, sailors and airmen, and to Scott, wherever he is...

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you...
Colossians 1:3

Angela Santana — Lebanon, Oregon
Webmaster
Friends Working to Free Scott Speicher


ABOUT US

We're the classmates and friends of Scott Speicher, and we're here to see that he is set free and brought home, where he belongs. Since hearing the first reports about Scott's crash, we had all been following the story and contributing individually by writing letters to Congress, to no avail. It wasn't until 2001 when we met to discuss an upcoming class reunion that we decided to pool our resources and demand our government make every conceivable effort to free Scott from Iraq and bring him home.

In the time since we organized, our group has grown, and we've gained supporters for Scott Speicher around the nation and the world. We need all the help we can get. If you would like to join our group or just help in some way, please contact us. We'd love to hear from you.


   
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But Christ was faithful as a Son over His household, whose household we are if we hold on to the courage and the confidence of our hope.

Hebrews 3:6
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From Mark Reed:

August 1990, I am at our 15 year high school reunion having a good time sharing old memories and making new ones. Towards the end of the evening the photographer asks all the class to gather together to get arranged for the class photo and I start talking with a classmate. He tells me that he is a Navy pilot and enjoys his career and his service to his country. When we finally get lined up and ready to take the picture this Navy pilot is standing between me and Jim Stafford. This classmate is Scott Speicher. We finish our conversation and both go our own ways. This is the last time I saw Scott.

Five months later on January 17, 1991 I am on my way to work when I hear on my radio that a local Navy pilot had been shot down in the first hours of the Gulf War. The broadcaster mentions his name, Lt. Cmdr Michael Scott Speicher. At that moment I can't believe what I had just heard. I promptly stopped at a gas station and purchased a newspaper. My worst fears are confirmed. This is the same Scott Speicher that I had gone to high school with and seen only five months earlier.

Years later when there were reports that Scott possibly survived the shoot down and was still alive I  decided to try and do my part to make people aware of Scott's situation. That is when I joined the Friends Working to Free Scott Speicher organization. If there was any glimmer of hope Scott was still alive I wanted to do whatever I could to help get him home. I have not given up on Scott and neither has his friends and classmates. Please pray for Scott that he will soon be home where he belongs.

Mark Reed - Jacksonville, Florida
Board Member
Friends Working to Free Scott Speicher


From Kristi Lade:

I found Scott's story a few years ago, not long before the events of September 11, 2001.  I was seeking out a POW bracelet for my oldest daughter so that when we visited Washington, DC she would be able to find this person’s name on the Vietnam Wall and see the names as real people and not just letters carved into a wall.   This was how I came across a bracelet with Scott's name and shortly thereafter began realizing this hero hadn't had his homecoming — yet.

Scott became real to my family and I.  Scott became far more than just a name to us. We had no idea then just what an impact he would eventually have on our lives.

I couldn't get the thoughts of Lieutenant Commander Speicher out of my mind, nor did I want to — until he is home. Everyone in the world, and certainly everyone in the United States, should be doing all in their power to bring this man home to his nation... to his home... to his friends and family. So that was what I wanted more than anything — it's what I want more than anything — for as many people as possible to know Scott's name and know that he is still going to have his homecoming. He was willing to risk his very life for us and it's the least we can do to make sure he comes home to the nation he risked it all for so he can live in the very freedom he defended.

Not only does Scott have a family that loves him and wants him home, but he also has a group of friends that love him and will not ever give up on him. They have said he wouldn't give up on them if the situation were reversed.  Scott must be pretty amazing that he has such a varied and extensive group of friends who are willing to keep the faith and stay the course for so many years. I have no words to describe how astounding Scott's friends are. Through negative and positive, over mountains and into valleys, they have weathered it all. I personally haven't had the honor of meeting Scott, but you can learn a lot about a person by the character of the friends they choose. Scott's friends are treasures and their willpower alone is hard to fathom. I am blessed to call some of Scott's friends my friends now. Scott befriended such awesome people; all anyone else would have to do is come to one of the Friends’ monthly meetings, or get involved in working to bring Scott home, and they’d end up meeting some of the worlds finest, most faithful folks. :)

We all want the same thing... For Scott to come home.  We have all made the same decision that we won't sit around thinking that someone else will help bring him home.  We have all realized that we ARE "Someone."  We hope others who realize this will join us too.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1

Kristi Lade — Bradenton, Florida, USA
Forum Administrator
Friends Working to Free Scott Speicher


From Georgia Davis:

Dear Scott:

When you come up in conversation, people always ask if I knew you or your family.  I always tell them, "No, I'm just a busy mom, and if I ever had to walk in his family's shoes, I would hope someone would stand and help me."  And that's typically when I get the raised eyebrow look.  You know, the look that says "Why then are you doing what you do?  You don't even know this man."  You'll probably give me and several others that "raised eyebrow look" too.  So let me tell you why I believe in you so much and why I do what I do.

I was 19 years old and still living at home with my mom and dad the night you were shot down and presumed killed in action.  I was watching CNN, still not very wise to the ways of the world, when it was announced that we had lost a pilot—that we had lost you.  I remember feeling very sad for your wife and kids.  I even wrote about you in my diary that night.  Time moved on for all of us and over the years, rumors would surface that you may have indeed survived.  Still not being very wise to the ways of the world, I always thought that maybe Saddam was keeping you as his "ace up his sleeve."  And time continued to move on.  During the summer of 2003, I was surfing the internet and came across the Friends Working to Free Scott Speicher website, promptly joined the forum there and have been involved ever since.

I have to say, Scott, without knowing it, you have done an amazing thing...you have united a group of people from around the world, who otherwise would never have known each other.  People have met, become friends, some of us lifelong friends.  Some of us have found a renewed faith in God, and some of us have found God for the first time.  We have learned about blind faith, determination and trust.  We have learned that strange and unexplainable things happen in life.  We have learned these things and have grown personally, because of you.  Because of you Scott, the world is a better place. 

Thank you Scott,  thank you.

Georgia N. Davis — Jacksonville, FL, USA
POW/MIA Advocate, Member
Friends Working to Free Scott Speicher
and AVAJAX

"I will guard and support you, for I have given you to my people as the personal confirmation of my covenant with them; and you will be a light to guide all nations to me. You will open the eyes of the blind...and FREE THE CAPTIVES FROM PRISON. YOU WILL RELEASE THOSE WHO SIT IN DARK DUNGEONS."
Isaiah 42:6

 


How can I help?
We would love to offer suggestions! Just contact us, and we'll point you in the right direction.

How do I contact you?
You can e-mail us by clicking here. You can also call us at (877) 571-0459.

Where do I find my Congressional representatives' contact information?
If your congressmen are not listed on our help page, you can find their addresses and other contact information at www.congress.org.

Do you have bumper stickers or POW bracelets?
Yes, we do! Click here.

Where can I send donations?
Donations are certainly welcome and very much appreciated. Please mail them to the address below. Thank you!

How can I volunteer corporate sponsorship?
We really need assistance from any willing participants. Corporate sponsorship of any type would be very beneficial to our cause. Please send us your information—someone will contact you as soon as possible. Thank you!

Where can I send donations?

Friends Working to Free Scott Speicher, Inc.
PO Box 440218
Jacksonville, FL 32222

 

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