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Carrie Anne Cooper
  I am the eldest daughter of Roy Hallums.  I am 29 years old, married, and I live outside of Los Angeles in California.  I live in the "O.C."  Where I live is not quite like the t.v. show with the same name, but there are many beautiful places in Orange County.  This is why when I was about 15 my family decided to move here.  I had dreams of being an actress.  I don't know what happened to that, but I am now working on my PhD. in Clinical Psychology.  I have my Masters Degree in Clinical Psych. with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy (I'm an MFT Intern).  I am currently conducting psychotherapy with adults in a private practice under supervision and working with children that are autistic and/or have developmental disorders. The kids are around the age of 2 1/2, and I teach them language aquisition and self-help/coping skills with PRT (Pivitol Respone Training).   I love what I do, and at the same time I look forward to expanding my horizons and taking on new challenges once this crisis is resolved.  My younger sister, Amanda, and her daughter (my adorable niece), Sabrina, live on the East Coast.  I don't know how much she would want me to say (I'd have to get her permission first), but she is a very creative, caring, and friendly person who is totally devoted to raising her daughter.

My Dad

  I decided to create this site on New Year's Eve, which is today.  It is a rainy day in California, and another holiday without my Dad.  He has been a hostage since November 1, 2004, so he missed Thanksgiving, my birthday (which is a holiday to me), Christmas, and now New Year's. 

If I have one wish for the upcoming year, it would be for my Dad to be safely released and returned home.  I know there is a chance that may not happen, but I try and keep the faith that he will be released.  I really would like to see him, at the very least, one last time so I could tell him I love him.  I never got to say good-bye.

Here would be a good place to say that my Dad is just the best.  I know that I lot of people say that about their Dad's, but in this case it's the truth.  He has always been there for me (and everyone else he has known) when I needed him in any way that he could be.  He is warm, caring, and intelligent.  He absolutely does not deserve to be mistreated by anyone.  He wouldn't have intentionally hurt another living thing and deserves to be treated with respect and hospitality. 

March-     Well, today is 3/7/05.  There has been no new news from anyone.  Nothing.  MY DAD HAS BEEN HELD IN CAPTIVITY FOR 129 DAYS.  129 DAYS OF TORTURE FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY.  It is ridicuous that from the begining the FBI would not share any information with us about my father's kidnapping and being held hostage (other than the fact that he was kidnapped).  This abscence of information continues.  How would you feel after 4 months if this was your loved one?   Why can't they find him/rescue him, something?    He needs our help, and we need to work harder to find him.  I would do anything to find my Dad.  If I could go to Iraq I would.  I don't know why he was in Iraq, he never told me he was there.  All I care about is where is he now, is he alive, and when can I see him again.


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