A Soldier could use our Prayers

I just got off the phone with a beautiful woman, Laura Cooper.  On April 9th her husband lost his battle with lung cancer. Laura has two sons. Christopher, 23yrs old is in the US Army serving in Iraq. Justin, 20yrs old is a student at Texas State College.

They could use our prayers.

Here is the article from the Houston Community Newspaper:

Cooper Jr.
Cooper Jr.

A Magnolia man serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq recently had to take out a loan which is debited from his check to help pay for his father’s funeral expenses.

Soldier fights in Iraq, struggles to help family back home

According to his mother, Laura Cooper, her son barely made it before her husband died, but is now having to sacrifice even more.

Christopher Cooper Jr., 23, came home to attend his father’s funeral but only had five days to grieve with his mother and younger brother before having to head back to

Iraq to take part in the Untied States’ military campaign in the Middle East. His brother, Justin Cooper, 20, is attending Texas State College.

Chris Cooper Sr., 47, died April 9, only months after finding out he had lung cancer in November. His widow, Laura Cooper, works part-time for A+ Autos in Pinehurst and was already struggling to work and take care of her disabled mother who went blind due to diabetes.

Laura Cooper has worked for the auto shop for eight years. When her husband developed cancer, her struggle to care for her ailing family and work got harder and it left her with little funds.

With one son in college and the other in Iraq, there was no one for her to turn to. She said her son is already sacrificing so much for his country, but he offered to sacrifice even more by taking out a loan against his military pay to help cover his father’s funeral expenses.

“It’s been very tough on Christopher,” Laura Cooper said. “But, he never once has complained.” Laura Cooper said she believes her son is depressed, however.

“I’m told he doesn’t eat lunch anymore,” she said. “He really didn’t have a chance to grieve.” Laura Cooper said she relates to the troubled life of Job in the Bible. Her boss at the auto shop, Gerald Sadler, is also a pastor of Christian Life Church, which meets at A+ Autos, took up a collection for Laura Cooper to help pay the funeral expenses so her son won’t have to make that extra sacrifice.

Sadler said before Laura Cooper’s husband died, her son came home from Iraq to see his dad in the hospital, probably for the last time. While on the way to the hospital, he said, the engine of his mother’s car blew up.

Through it all, Sadler said, Laura Cooper has been resilient.

“She bends with pressure, gets up after a knock down, takes life one day at a time, and has the amazing ability to rise up from the ashes and not be bitter against those that bring the difficulties and like Job, never cursed God in all her trials,” said Sadler, who has a doctorate in ministry.

Sadler and his church are planning a benefit May 6 at Christian Life Church, 27501 SH 249 near Decker Prairie Rosehill Road, in the parking lot of his auto shop. Sadler said funeral expenses alone amount to $7,200. So far, $1,200 has come in from various donations. Sadler said that unless the community can help, the rest will be being taken out of Christopher Cooper’s son’s military pay for the next two years.

An account has also been set up at Woodforest National Bank under the name “Funeral Fund for Chris Cooper.”

Laura Cooper said she has a number of people she is thankful for, who helped her with donations. She said jars were placed around town to help in the collection drive so her son won’t have to pay for his father’s funeral.

I will be posting information this evening on ways to help Christopher and his family. (Yes, this will include a card, letter, and care package drive.  )


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25 Responses to A Soldier could use our Prayers

  1. Kyle says:

    CavMom, thanks for spreading the word and for taking the next step of contacting Mrs. Cooper! I know that such support from a fellow army mom has to be a blessing to her.

    I will try to stop back by your blog later this evening (tomorrow morning latest) to see what you have added on ways to help Christopher and his family, and I’ll get that copied back over to Lone Star Pundit as soon as I see it. Several readers have already suggested setting up a PayPal account so they can contribute directly to Mrs. Cooper online — unfortunately I don’t know exactly how to do that (especially without knowing this dear lady personally). Is there any chance that you were able to discuss that sort of option with her as well?

    Thanks again for your support of the Coopers and so many other military families, and for the service of your son. God bless you!

    Kyle / Lone Star Pundit

  2. […] #2:  CavMom reported in comments that she has spoken with Mrs. Cooper, and will be posting an update on […]

  3. cavmom says:

    I am checking into the details of setting them up with a paypal account. (I am clueless on this and asking Terri @ ASM for info)

    In the mean time, I have Christopher’s mailing address for care packages. For his safety, I will not post the address on this site. I will give it out selectively via email to those who request.

    713-495-8085 is one of the many numbers for Woodforest Bank. A donation can be made asking for the Christopher Cooper Funeral Fund/Laura Cooper.

    The bank website might have a phone number of a branch closer to you.

    http://www.woodforest.com/ when the page comes up, type in your zip code.

  4. cavmom says:

    Well, we have the paypal account set up but can’t get the darn button on the site. 😦

    I am not a quitter… I will keep working on this

  5. […] is time now to support the troops…at least one troop in particular. Lone Star Pundit and Cav Mom tell the story of Christopher Cooper, a 23 year old soldier who got 5 days leave to bury his […]

  6. CrosSwords says:

    Cav Mom, when you get the button, let us know. Until then, if you can give the e-mail address to send PayPal payments, that will work.

  7. cavmom says:

    Alrighty… We have set up a blog site just for the Christopher. It has PayPal.

    http://ccooperff.blogspot.com/

  8. Laura Cooper says:

    I am the mother of SPC Cooper and I want to say thank you to all ,we have gotten over $700.00 in donations just since yesterday, its amazing and this is from people we dont even know, god bless all the families and their soldiers. Thank you so much ! Cooper family

  9. cavmom says:

    ((((((((((Laura)))))))) ~ That is excellent news! 🙂

  10. Gawfer says:

    Phenominal news!

    It’s good to be an American!

    Thanks Cav Mom, Kyle and all who spear-headed this effort!

  11. Laura Cooper says:

    Hi to all ! and thanks again to everyone for everything, we still have donations coming in we got a few hundred more dollars today and special thanks to cavmom for starting this whole thing she is great and its so nice to get to talk to other military moms , I hope all of ya’ll have a great mothers day amd my prayers are with you and our soldiers. Laura

  12. Carol Bishop says:

    Soldiers Angels would like to help in the donation drive. I emailed you.
    God Bless our Military and their families.
    Carol
    SC

  13. cavmom says:

    Carol,

    Thank you and the Soldier’s Angels for stepping in to help. I need to give proper credit to Kyle… http://lonestarpundit.wordpress.com/ who brought this to our attention.

    … and a big HUG to all who have offered their support.

  14. Laura Cooper says:

    I just want to thank all of yall for everything and so far total donations from everyone are 2400.00 . God bless everyone . Laura

  15. Laura Cooper says:

    Hi to everyone , I want to give yall an update,I got to work today and there was a check for $1000.00 from Soldiers Angels for the funeral fund .I just sat down and cried,I mean all of you people that dont even know us have donated its amazing ,and that brings the funeral fund up to $3,843.00 I have even had people ask me about my car that broke down,it is fixed and I have had people ask about medical bills which will be taken care of by medicaid I think. We thank all of you so much . God bless all of you and our soldiers. Hugs to all Thanks Laura

  16. cavmom says:

    Laura ~ This is wonderful news! We are all here for you.

  17. Laura Cooper says:

    Hi everyone , I just wanted to give an update, the funeral fund is almost at $4,000.00 thanks to everyone who has donated . I thank you all so much and christoper jr says to thank you too and a special thanks again to cindy who made it all possible. and tonight as I pray for the missing soldiers my prayers are with all the soldiers and their families. God Bless Laura

  18. cavmom says:

    Thanks for the updates Laura. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. 🙂

  19. Aldo kraas says:

    I am in your prayers
    And thoughts

  20. Laura says:

    Hi everyone ,I just wanted to give an update on the funeral account ,another $1,000.00 was deposited into the acct on 06-20-07.,and that brings it up to $5,683.00 , thank all of you so much from the cooper family . god bless all the families and their soldiers. everyone is in my prayers.
    Laura

  21. cavmom says:

    Laura! I am so happy to hear that some of your burdens are being lifted!

    Hugs out to you and your fantastic sons! 🙂

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