10/23/07 - U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Cory Schultz, attached to the 24th Foxtrot Company, helps displaced families at an evacuation center on Turner Field on Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif., Oct. 23, 2007. More than 400 military families in San Diego County and the surrounding areas were evacuated due to wildfires. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 2nd Class Mark A. Leonesio)
10/24/07 - U.S. Navy Storekeeper Seaman Cristina Aaraosflores and Aviation Boatswain's Fuel Airman Davion Lynch moves their belongings out of their barracks room Oct. 23, 2007, at Naval Station North Island in Coronado, Calif., and onto the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) giving evacuated families a place to stay. Thousands of military families have been displaced by the wildfires in San Diego County, which have forced the evacuation of more then 300,000 and destroyed more than 1,000 homes. Naval facilities throughout Navy Region Southwest have opened their gates to provide food, shelter and supplies to the displaced families of service members. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kathleen Gorby)
As the California Wildfires raged, hundreds of military families were affected. They were evacuated and escaped with a few possessions and their pets. At the Naval stations and Pendleton Marine Base, tent cities and gyms were set up for the comfort of the families. Make-shift kennels were started.
Fortunately, most were able to return to their homes... but, not all were. A friend of ours is currently deployed to Iraq. His home was burned to the ground. Fortunately, his wife and daughters are physically fine. He is returning home as I type. He was getting ready to retire and they had just completed a remodel on their home. Now, they face the loss of everything and the task of rebuilding their lives. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers....