Nov. 25, 2013

Listening To We Are Sodiers

From Prison Dad by Robert Pezzeca (author's profile)


Monday Nov. 4, 2013: 12:00pm: Listening to "We Are Soldiers": by "Otherwise"

Hi everyone. Just a short one today. Last night our Catholic church organization, the Holy Name Society, we sponsored our annual Veterans Day Service celebration here in the prison chapel. We had a good time and this is important to me as a man because so many people live and fight in the wars our governments start and thousands of young men and women die, needlessly, in these wars. In my family, my grandfather desperately wanted to follow his brother into the military but Pop Pop had bad hearing so he was denied. But his twin brother, my great uncle Tony Pizzica, from Maryland, was a Marine and my great uncle Dean was in the Navy. And my own brother Jerry was in the Navy. So I salute the men & women who do serve in our country's military installations, from the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard and all of the reservists. I might be serving a life sentence in prison but I thank each and every one of you's for helping make our country safe for my family and friends. My life might not be important anymore but theirs is. I've never understood why our president and his cabinet does not have some sort of vetting process for prisoners who want to fight for this country and attempt to earn our lives back and redeem ourselves. I for one would jump at the opportunity to be trained and taught to fight in combat. I could pass any physical fitness test that any of our military requires. I already have the will to want to do better and succeed, but for some reason our government doesn't do this. They let us sit here and rot, and allow young men & women to die fighting in the wars they started. I'm not anti-war, I understand that war is sometimes a necessary evil. When you come up against pure evil, war is probably going to be your only recourse. Our government has not used prisoners in the military since the 1940s, this is what I was told by a man who was in the military for over 30 years. But he also said they were never used for combat purposes. Well, maybe it's about time they look into doing this. Give me a chance to redeem myself, earn my life back, or at least earn something for my daughter that could help her in life. Don't just let thousands upon thousands of potential soldiers sit and rot with no purpose. Maybe one day but I doubt it will happen in my lifetime. One person asked me how that would happen, I could run. I responded by saying, implant GPS tracking in my body. Maybe this isn't an option for every lifer, but for a lot of us it is. In here, for the annual Veterans Day service, I hold the title of "Food & Beverage Coordinator". But inside, I still desire to do more. Will our government ever allow this? Only if the people speak up. I leave it at that. To anyone reading this who is serving or has served in our military, you are not just appreciated and thanked by free citizens, there are thousands in prison who also feel the same way. I thank you myself and I do not have to know you to appreciate the great sacrifices you make for us. If I could do more, I would. I am open to ideas though. If anyone has any, let me know. In here we do donate to the Wounded Warriors Foundation, Red Cross, the U.S.O., Salvation Army, many local food banks. I can't name them all. There are a lot of good men in here who want to help, they get paid 19" per hour but they still donate half of their monthly pay check to the Red Cross, that speaks mountains about a person. I am attaching our Veterans Day service program handout. If you can make out the picture, read the words on the inside to see what the picture represents. It was new for me to learn this. Take care, stay safe, thank you's all and God bless. Ciao.

PS: I'm told that most vets feel they were once important, and now forgotten. Imagine how the vets in prison feel. Some have been here for 20-30+ years. Thanx for listening.


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Rayna Posted 7 years, 10 months ago. ✓ Mailed 7 years, 10 months ago   Favorite
My name is Rayna (Knick) and we went to Bedminister Elementary School together. Yesterday, someone posted our class pic from 3rd grade, I looked up some old names....that's when I saw the article about your crime and conviction as well as this blog.
From reading through your blog, your faith in God jumped out to me right away and also a sentence that you wrote stating that your life doesn't matter.
Your life does Matter. As a matter of fact, it matters a great deal to the one who created you. Nothing you do, have done, or will do in the future will be a surprise to God. From the creation of the world, you were known, you were planned and you were loved. I don't know where you are in your walk with God, but I hope that you know He does see you, hear you ,love you and is interested in you. He's not mad at you and there isn't 1 single thing you could do to make Him love you anymore that He already does. I also know that He can make us new, if we allow it. God loves us too much for us to ever remain the same after an encounter with Him. "he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" Phil 1:6
I can tell you with 100% certainty that people change. People change everyday, sometimes right , sometimes wrong, but nothing on the Earth is static, everything remains for a season, then changes(Ecclesiates 3:1-8) I know that I am quite a different person than I was in my twenties, when partying far trumpeted any church or Jesus related activity! Trust me. But through tremendous adversity, I have become new. I met Jesus and believed what He said about me. Who He said I was. Who He said I could become. What He Said I could get to be a part of on his behalf.... And I can tell you that the very circumstances that were intended for my demise have been thwarted, twisted and redirected to good for God. He can do that you know, take any circumstance, anywhere, anytime, ANYTHING, and make good come out of it. What may have been intended to destroy your life may be the Pathway for a life used to glorify Him. Like I said, I don't know where you are in your walk with Him, but maybe you are just the Light He needs behind those bars. Maybe your story of hope & redemption will bring salvation to someone else. I want to remind you that you do matter and you can be effective for your Heavenly Father.
Please know that I will pray for you and your precious daughter, as well as all of the family members on both sides who have been effected by this tragedy. Hopefully you know who I am from somewhere far back in your memory, but if not, just know a Sister in Christ has a compassionate heart for you and for anyone who has made a mistake that he or she wishes to take back.
Remember you are more than your past mistakes or your address, you are a beloved Son of God whose life matters and can be used for a divine purpose. "but our citizenship is in heaven." Phillipians 3:20
Peace to you,
Rayna Wright

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DavidS Posted 7 years, 7 months ago. ✓ Mailed 7 years, 7 months ago   Favorite
Hello Robert, My names David and I enjoy reading your and others blogs. I came across these blogs by accident a few weeks ago but since then I have found reading them very interesting. I served 8 years in the U.S. Army. I was a proud member of the Delta force for 3 of these years. I can not immagine our military using prisoners especially in combat. The reasons being is that in the military we have to trust each other with our lives. Most people whould not feel comfortable trying to trust a criminal with their life. I understand people can change over time but not all can and will. Also, I can not immagine for one moment handing a loaded weapon to a prisoner and turning my back on them with the trust that they wouldn't try and shoot me. I'm not saying you are a bad person or all people who are incarcerated are but I feel very confident that most people who are prisoners reguardless of their crimes are not trustworthy around loaded weapons. I thank your family members for their sevice to our great nation but honestly Robert...You have to think practically and desifer reality from fantisy. I have been in Combat numerous times in several diffrent countries. I've been wounded twice and I've shot the enemy in firefights. War is not the same any more. It's not countries vs countries anymore its terror fractions vs Western Ideals and enemy soldiers dress as civillians while carrying a suicide vest under their clothing. Anyhow...Please don't take offence to my words. I don't know you petsonally and I'm not judging you I just think your idea of using inmates as soldiers is rediculous . Take care. Ps. I truley did enjoy reading a lot of what you have written. And I'm very sorry for your loss of your wife. You said she was killed? Was she murdered? I hope that this is not to impersonal...My ?'s. Thank You and Take care- David S.

MathewVail Posted 7 years, 7 months ago. ✓ Mailed 7 years, 7 months ago   Favorite
Hey Rob...My names Mat and I went to Pennridge High School and I see that you did too. I was wondering if you knew Eric Motis? He lived a few houses up the street from me and he Murdered my neighbors back in 1990. Eric killed Mrs. Hoops her son Doug and Dan. Dan was a my neighbor and my friend. I never understood why Eric did this to these wonderful people? I know Eric was sentenced to Triple life and was housed at S.C.I. Huntingdon. In 1998 A guard who was doing the morning check found Eric hanging in his cell dead apprently from suicicde. I'm a truck driver by trade and a novice writer. I am thinking of writing a book (My First) on the Murder of the Hoops Family. I was hoping you could give me some insight on why he committed these crimes. Also and if its not to personal ? If you can give me some insight on what drives a person to kill ? I tried contacting Mr. & Mrs. Motis but they have declined comment. I would greatly appreciate your insight on Eric Motis if you personaly knew him and also your thoughts and feelings on what motivates a person to commit the Ultimate Sin ? Thank You and God Bless - Mathew Vail

Heather+J Posted 7 years, 7 months ago. ✓ Mailed 7 years, 7 months ago   Favorite
Hi ya Robbie, You probley don't remember me but you and I went to school together. I remeber you from Gym class and I remember you were really bad. Lol I ran into some old friends and thats how your name came up. It was mentioned that you were in prison for life for murder and I really didn't believe what I was hearing so I looked you up on the internet and I coudn't believe what I was reading. I do believe people make bad mistakes especially at a young age. So I understand you made a mistake and I really feel its unfortunate that you have to pay for that mistake with your life. At least you didn't get the death penalty! As Buddah once said" A eye for a Eye will make the whole world blind" I really feel that even though a life was taken that taking your life is just making things worse. You have a lot of potential to offer this world good and its unfortunate that the judge was not able to see that. I read a lot of your letters and it really seems that you've grown up a lot since the last time I saw you in gym class. Putting people in prison for ever dosen't solve anything! It just cost everyone too much $$$. I feel your 15 or 16 years is quite eneugh for anyone. Well exept pedophiles! They should just be shot as far as I'm concerned! I truley feel for you and the situation with your daughter. You should be out here in the world with her. These asshole judges are just destroying lives whdn they take a parent away from their kids. As for me? If you remember me? I dought it... But I'm good. I actually work as a salesperson selling cars but I'm probably gonna try and go back to school soon for nursing because The economy is really bad and I haven't seen a good paycheck for a while now and my landlord is not very understanding when it comes to being late on the rent:( Guess I'm gonna move back in with mom and dad soon.I hope things are going ok for you there. And I know that in life sometimes even though you don't look for trouble,Trouble sometimes looks for you. Remember that Misery loves company,so stay positive and keep your head up. Take care Robbie- your friend in time...Heather+J

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