Read this military mom’s moving letter to her neighbors and say ‘roger that’


(Photo: US Marines, Cpl. Jonah Lovy)

By Elaine Brye

You watched them grow up.

You remember them on the playground and up at bat in t-ball. You saw them in the school plays and at church on Sunday morning.

Now that they are grown and in the military, you ask me where they are or how they are doing. On a good day, I will smile and give the update. On a bad day, I might crumple in your arms.

Why?

I fight a battle every day to ride the wave of pride and fear as my children — four of them, to be exact — do their duty as military officers. You would think I would be used to it after 16 years and 12 deployments. But I liken this journey to labor: No matter how many times you have done it, when the first pain hits, it still hurts like a son of a gun.

My first battle on the home front is to overcome daily worry. You may be wondering why I worry. After all, they are not always deployed . . . even though sometimes it feels like it.

My three sons and son-in-law are aviators. Over the past few years, there have been several dozen military aviation accidents, and almost every crash was in US operations. There have also been multiple training accidents across the branches. I would be remiss to not include the toll that PTSD has taken on our military community as we lose service members to the battles within. It is part of the life of a military mom to come to grips with these hidden and obvious dangers. It’s an invisible backpack filled with the bricks of fear and worry and the sadness of letting go of the time when I could protect them.

The load military moms carry certainly gets heavier when our children deploy. Many times we are out of communication; because of operation secrecy, we cannot or should not know what they are doing. It can drive a mom crazy. We become hyper-vigilant, and every news bulletin sends our hearts racing. As one veteran said to me, “I realized I knew I was okay, but my mom only knew for the instance I could text or talk to her.”

We find ways to cope, whether it be through prayer or walking or projects. But the biggest help comes from those who understand. Other military parents automatically get it.

But neighbor, I’d like it to be personal to you, too. Realize that I am carrying a hidden weight upon my shoulders that only lessens when deployment is over or when my children are all under my roof, which seldom happens. Remember that we all have a duty to our country, but some are sacrificing every day at a different level. Don’t be afraid to call me and ask if everyone is okay if you hear bad news. If I don’t know, you can pray with me. If everything is great, we can rejoice together. And — heaven forbid — if it is not, I will need you more than ever.

What makes this military momma thing bearable is the enormous pride I have in their service. You will see me wearing my military-themed t-shirts. As I hear the stories of situations they have encountered, it makes me even prouder. When I hear the Star Spangled Banner, I cry because I love this country and my children who are protecting it. That blue star banner hanging on my door is wrapped in love and appreciation for all they do.

I appreciate it when you thank me for their service. I love it when you ask me what you can do to support them. Through the years, friends and neighbors have sent hundreds of packages for my kids to distribute. They have been remembered on prayer lists and been the recipients of some great holiday treats.

But let’s take it one step further.

Can I count on you to advocate for my kids and all their fellow service members to make sure they have the resources they need? Will you fight with me for good mental health services, health care, family support services, and the equipment they need to keep them safe? Will you reach out to the families of those deployed who need help in a tangible way? Because they are fighting for you, for your freedom, and a chance to live life as you choose in the country we all love. They really are your kids, too.

140 Comments

      1. Roger that! My son is a USAFA graduate and still serving as a pilot. He has been deployed twice and will serve again this fall. Praise God for our military and for His protection for all our men and women serving at home and overseas!

    1. Roger that! Army mom here for almost 5 yrs now. My son has been to Korea in 2013 for more training and is now currently deployed! My heart aches each day but I left him in Gods hands the day WE signed on! God Bless all who serve to defend and those who serve at home! And very beautiful and moving letter!! Felt every word!

    2. Ten-Four & Roger That!
      My only child, a son i raised as a single parent, is USAF EOD Tech 🦀! When this journey began, he believed in my strengths with the same “failure isnt an option” conviction that he set for himself. Though i am the parent, my Hero has taught me more about life in his enlisted years than all my pre-military life years combined as a whole. Ive heard it said from ranking officials as well as civilians….there is something very different & encouraging about the young adults of todays military. Theyre not there for the benefits or money that once was very good for both our active & our veterans. Theyre not societal misfits or forced to enlist to avoid punishment. They are there out of true desire to fight for what they love and for what they believe in. Stark contrast to the millenial agers that get their time in spotlight by being brats….nor do they support our true heroes, which makes it even more critical that everyone else does!
      God Bless Our Military and Their Families ❤️🙏💪🏻

  1. I know What your going through. 21 yrs my self. 3 sons, a daughter in law and a grandson. All army. Very proud.

  2. Roger that. My daughter’s next assignment is Sea Duty so she will be deployed leaving behind her 1 year old son in my care. It will be very different but I will anything to support her.

  3. Roger that! both my children are currently deployed. Someday are certainly hard then others. I’m very thankful for the technology we have I can’t imagine what parents went through 15 or more years ago. Thank you all for your service..

  4. Roger that! My son is third deployment! I pray constantly even when no one knows what I’m doing! Thank you to all that serve, support and assist our military loved ones!

  5. Amen Elaine, from this ARMY Veteran, who works with Veterans at the VA, as well as an Army Mom of an infantryman preparing for our 1st deployment. God bless you and your children. I’m 1/2 way through your book. Such great encouragement, I’ve been recommending it to all my military mom friends!!!

  6. Yes, I will fight with you, so that our military loved ones are provided the services they so deserve. Thank you for your much needed support and information for this new Air Force mom.

  7. Rodger that! Both of my daughters gone on their first deployment, husband former Naval Aviator…..a different life than most of my most of my friends….one filled with worry….and enormous pride!

  8. Roger that!! It so true that our soldiers are always at risk even while training. Psalm 91 is a constant prayer for me. Military moms are indeed a proud and fierce force😊……#prouarmymomma

  9. Definitely! It is so hard to be so proud and so scared all of the time. They are doing important things every day.

  10. Roger that! 23 years and counting. 1 Coastie, 2 Army, and Marine Grandson. Thank you for raising such super children. Thank them for their service. Prayers for strength.

  11. Thank you for their service, and for the words that as a military mom, I totally get. Prayers for the safety of all your children and hugs to you. Roger that!!!

  12. I love this! Think advocating for mental health service is a great way to show support for our troops! Thank you for your dedication and support and thank you to your families service! Semper Fi

  13. Roger that! As the mother of an Air force Pilot I felt every written word. So proud of, and grateful for, our American Warriors.

  14. Roger that! Is going to be my first daughter deployment next month but I’m so proud of her at a such young age decided to serve our country.

  15. Roger that! Proud Air Force mom of 11 years. I have felt nearly everything you have described. Constant prayer is all that can get you through some of those times. Have been & will continue to fight for what is right for our military & their families!

  16. Roger that! We are just beginning this journey…USAFA proud mama. God bless our children and God bless the USA!

  17. Roger that! Although we are Canadian this military momma feels every bit the same as my American military mom neighbours. What amazing young people we have raised! May they all be safe and y’all be blessed with boots in your homes soon.. ❤🇨🇦🎗🇺🇸❤

    1. Roger that! Another Canadian Military Mom here. This article was bang on and I’m sure all military moms around the world can relate. Yes, amazing kids we raised who swore an oath to their country. Love your blessing Ang. Hope you don’t mind I use it some time. Looking forward to my son’s boots at home come July. Military Mom, Strong and Proud.

  18. When one member of a family serves, the whole family serves! Bless all our service members AND their families!

  19. Roger that!! Having my hero recently return from D#5, my heart is always with our troops. Being a military mom is like nothing else. Balancing the pride and fear of this emotional roller coaster is so difficult at times. Thank you so much for shedding light on our lives.

  20. I too have a son have a son who is serving in the military he is in the Navy and yes I worry about him all the time. His Brother who turned 18 wants to follow in his footsteps and become a Marine, I have 2 more boy’s to see if they follow behind their eldest two brothers and 2 daughter’s to see if they decide to follow behind their eldest two brothers as well. Whatever their choices may be I know I support all my children 💯% because I myself am a military child and yes I will worry about them but at the same time be proud of them.

  21. Same here 11 years son in the Marine Corps. Five deployments down and it never gets easier. I identify with everything you said! I am so proud of him but it hasn’t been easy. I think of time now as before he joined the Marine Corps and the time after. Thank you for giving a voice and letting others try to understand what we all go through as Military Moms!!!🇺🇸

  22. Roger that! My daughter, SIL and twin sons are all AF officers, 3 of them aviators. I keep my feelings to myself within my extended family (siblings and nieces and nephews). They don’t understand the worry or the overwhelming sense of pride that I feel. I am so very proud to be an Military Mom!!!!!

  23. Roger that!!! I am a retired Navy wife, and mother of six. The two oldest children served their country-one Navy and one Air Force-and now our third child is serving his country in the Navy. I am very proud of all of them, and understand exactly what you are going through. Thank you for your service as a military Mom and thank your children for their service! I’m proud to have been a military wife, and VERY proud to be a military Mom!!!

  24. Copy! I say “copy” as my son had one Commander who did not want them to use “Roger”. Lol. Love the encouragement. You said it all. There are many bait accidents and many are due to maintenance, or the lack thereof. Kudos to you for taking the time to express all of a mom’s and dad’s concerns. Proud Air Force mom here. Fly, fight, win!!

  25. Elaine, Roger that!

    I have shared this post with my friends on facebook because while my son is not an aviator, he is a Marine, and is deployed, and when not deployed, lives fairly far away from me (Italy for three years, so North Carolina seems close).

    Sending you love, and support.

    Lexa

  26. Roger That! 3 sons in the military. 1 in the Air Force, 2 in the Army. So very proud of all of them. All have been deployed several times. I couldn’t be prouder to be a military mom!

  27. Roger that! I’m an very proud AF wife, AF mother(2), and Marine mother. The journey has not been easy but very rewarding. We shared a space in every conflict since 1991. Thank God for keeping all of us.

  28. Roger that! My son just left for his first deployment. I am so very proud of him. I can’t wait to be able to hug him again. When he comes back from deployment it will be 19 months since I’ve seen him.

  29. Roger that! Mom of four also. Proud Mom of a USAFA cadet and an enlisted Navy son. One deployment thus far. Hardest thing I’ve ever been through and life as not been easy. I stay strong on the outside and am in constant prayer. They are doing the difficult work! 🙏🏻✈️⚓️

  30. Elaine,
    Your letter is like the chapter I just read ‘It’s Ok If You Break Down in the Dairy Aisle’, from your book. I am digesting it one chapter at a time and every time it brings me to tears. Our son, Kirk, (2nd LT USMC) is not deployed yet but soon expect he will receive his deployment orders as he is in training at Ft Sill for artillery and will be graduated mid June. Your presence on FB, in you book [and in my life] is helping me prepare for this. I only hope I can be support to other families whose children, husbands, wives are deployed. I hope we can help each other.

  31. Momma’s are not the only ones who worry . My grandson is in the Army and I pray for him every night . Grandmom’s worry also. We worry about our soldiers and their parents ( our own kids) God bless them all.

  32. Roger that!! I’m a relatively new military mom. Your writing echos my thoughts. Prayers for you & your service members. God bless & keep you all.

  33. My daughter has just begun her career in the USMC. She graduated boot in Feb. It can be overwhelming thinking if what lies ahead. Trying to get through one day at a time and remember that God is in control. I miss her like crazy, but am filled with pride as well. Thank you & your family for you service!

  34. Roger that. My son is an EOD specialist. For those in military life you know what it means, for those wo do not. It is an explosive ordnance disposal. When he is deployed I cry almost every night to just hear from him. He has a wife and 4 beautiful babies that he spends every minute he can trying to chat or just catch a glimpse of. When he is home rhe worry doesn’t stop. PTSD is a part of his life every day. I worry he will have a day so bad he can’t stand up from the horrible headaches. Or that home life will involve fighting. He loves his family so muxh, but we all know the stats on divorce in people with PTSD. He went into the military straight out of high school and was and is proud to be serving his country and our freedoms but I am saddened by the lack of respect so many show and I know this goes straight to his heart.

  35. Military mom: you are courageous, loving, keeping the faith lady.
    May God bless you and your family in doing there duty for their COUNTRY AND MINE. In my prayers. God is good and gives the strength to endure.

  36. Roger That! I have an Air Force son and an Army Guard daughter, both set to be deployed next winter.

  37. Definitely. We hang in there because of people like you sharing your stories that let us know we aren’t alone. It helps to know that there is a huge community of military moms ready to support one another when the going gets tough. Thanks for all you do Elaine! Love you for all you do, all the time!

  38. Roger that! Son on 3rd deployment. Prayers for all who struggle with PTSD. Getting safely home is only half the battle.

    1. Roger that! I am a Marine Mom or as we say MoM (mom of a Marine). I couldn’t be more scared or any more proud of my son for what he is doing. Thanks for the wonderful words of wisdom. You are truly a hero!!!

  39. Roger That! Just had my first deployment. The pride I have for my Army son is enormous. I will help spread the word!

  40. Roger that!! All 3 of my children are in the Air Force along with a SIL. My holidays are spent on Skype conference calls with all of them It’s not to bad -we only have 4 time zones to worry about now that the deployments are over for a while.

  41. Roger that! My Ranger is deployed now. I think of him every morning and every night and pray for that moment I get to hear his voice to know he’s ok. I thank God everyday for his precious fiancé who fills in the gaps when my fear becomes too much to bear. Rocking my RED today to show my love and support for all of service members fighting the fight! Thank you to all those that do the same.

  42. Roger that!!! Marine mom… retired vet wife. Much harder when it’s your kid ( daughter ). Love to you all.

    1. Roger that!! I’m a army wife 29 yrs active and a army momma , he is currently over seas ! Bless our men and women serving our country and god bless their mommas (or the woman that raised them) and their heart of strength! Keep our children safe and bring them all home soon!

  43. Roger that! I understand, my son did 2 tours to Iraq, and told him, I can’t do anymore deployment, lol. My other son had a couple of deployments. It’s tough when you don’t know. God bless our troops and there family. Thank you!

  44. Roger that! Marine mom here coping with the 1 st deployment… beautiful story! it’s hard not to break down every day when I think about him…wondering what he’s doing… if he’s safe. … is he rested? Getting enough to eat? Every mom thinks that way, right? I am extremely proud and even more worried… love to you and thank your children for their service and commitment to this great land we call home.

  45. Tears here. About 1/2 way through our USMA 2014 grad’s first deployment. I try to stay strong for my son and his wife (who is 3000 away – home alone), but, when I am by myself and see what people put into words, I crumble. It’s safe for me to, now, with all of you. But not in the real world. Thank you all for raising your children to be willing to serve. Thank you all for yoyr support of our soldiers, our nation and each other. ❤️🇺🇸

    1. Roger that! Also a USMA 2014 grad’s Mom…God Bless you Sheri, Elaine and all of you wonderful Mom’s!
      Peace,
      Kim

  46. Roger That!
    Husband might be retired but serves as contractor in training battalions. He still bounces around the globe. Oldest is a Marine, and number 3 boy the youngest heads for boot camp in about 40 days. Military families deal with all kinds of stressors the neighbors don’t see.

  47. Roger that!!! Army mom here. My son is in the 82nd Airborne division, which are currently deployed to Iraq, however my son is state side serving out his last few months. He will be officially discharged November this year. Being an 82nd Airborne mom is very stressful for I worry and carry that heavy brick laden backpack every time I know he’s out in the field and jumping. I miss my son terribly, however oh so proud of him and his service. I’m his biggest cheer leader, next to his girlfriend and sister and grandmother. Hooah!!!!

  48. Roger that! Army mom, plus several family members past and current military members. Proud of all our service members! Thank each and every one and their families! God bless!

  49. Roger that! My son is in the army, he just graduated from boot camp and AIT, just got stationed in KY, so this is new for me. He’s my youngest. I’m having a real hard time with this, I support and am so proud of him but it’s hard, within the year he’s going to be deployed and I don’t know how I’m going to get thru that.

  50. Roger that!! My youngest son has been in the Great USAF for 2 years now. I am a ex Marine wife, it’s a totally different feeling when its your child serving. God Bless the Men & Women in every branch of our military. I am grateful to be apart of this wonderful family.

    ❤Oklahoma Wingmom

  51. Roger that!! Proud momma of a soldier in the 173rd Airborne as well as an airman in the 7th Bomb Wing!! Together we are strong ❤️🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸❤️

  52. Roger That !! Godspeed. Love and hugs, let the tears fall where they may for the Pride and Joy we have in our Children. My Marine Son just left for his PDS, 16 hours ahead of where he left behind 2 brothers and a sister. All desperately putting on that brave front for their Hero to walk back through the door. 2 years, 1 day at a time.We are all a Strong Family, we all have that fight and will in our Hearts and minds to Breathe through..this. We Got This!

  53. Roger that. My only child is looking at his first deployment in a couple months. Scared, worried and proud all at the same time.

  54. Roget That!
    My son is a US Navy PO2 Submariner based in Hawaii
    My pride in him is unmeasurable. I dont know if I’ll ever have to deal with deployment due to extended drydock for his boat, but he could choose to change command.
    Hugs, Prauers, Love for all our sons and daughters serving!

  55. Roget That!
    My son is a US Navy PO2 Submariner based in Hawaii
    My pride in him is unmeasurable. I dont know if I’ll ever have to deal with deployment due to extended drydock for his boat, but he could choose to change command.
    Hugs, Prayers, Love for all our sons and daughters serving!

  56. Roger That, My oldest daughter is serving, she followed in her dad’s footsteps. I worry about her all the time.

  57. Roger That! Army mom of almost a year and couldn’t be more proud of my son….. Following in the footsteps of so many of our family members. God Bless and Protect all of our Service Men and Women!

    1. Susan, I highly recommend Elaine’s book, “Be Safe, Love Mom”. It allowed me to train for “my deployment” as our son was training for his. I cannot imagine going through deployments without it! This book was a godsend, especially allowing me to see that the roller coaster of emotions were so normal and that it wasn’t “just me”. The only thing that would have made it better is if I had this book 5 yrs. ago when he went to basic. Praying for you Susan! You will make it through victoriously, as you go through your training too. 🙂

  58. Roger that!!! My son a marine alittle over 2 yrs…his best friend of 18yrs-my other son- same thing(his mom passed before he went in..fighting this mom battle for both of us….So very proud of both of them!! And all our other kids we love and worry about !

  59. Roger that, Navy veteran myself. I have one brother in the US Army and a son getting ready to go into service. Proud to be an American. I wish you all the best in Jesus precious name

  60. Roger that! Navy Mom here
    Amazing how we adopt there friends as ours also. Prayers always going out to troops and their families.

  61. Roger that! Proud Marine MoM here. My son is currently deployed. He’s a crew chief on the Huey helicopters. God bless all of our sons, daughters, wives and husbands who chose to serve our beautiful country. My prayers are constant for their safety and strength.

  62. Roger That! My son has been serving in the Army for 7 years 6 of those being station overseas 173rd Airborne he has been deployed and now being in the states since January he is gearing up for his second deployment, an I ready for this ? NO, not at all but I know this is what he works and trains for everyday and he is ready, as he tells me it is my job, the job I signed up to do and will do it to the best of my ability! We are so very proud of our Sky Soldier and very Thankful for all the Military serving our country so we can enjoy the thing we do! So a big Thank you to all of or Soldiers serving at home and afar, and to the families because we serve everyday along with them!

  63. Roger that! Army Mom who is facing out first deployment in a few months. He’s going to a hot zone and I’m already an emotional mess.

  64. May the good Lord bless you and yours all the days of your lives. Proud Army Mom of USA Combat Medic, OEF and OIF/OND veteran (medically retired after 8-1/2 years).

  65. Roger that!! Our Marine just got back to the states yesterday. It was his first deployment. Can’t wait to see him next week.

  66. Roger that! Proud Army mom here. My only son. Mental health support is very important and under funded. I know first hand because I work in the mental health field. Let’s all fight to bring awareness of the detrimental need for these services to our troops. This service should be offered for free to those Brahe men and women who sacrifice their minds, body, and spirit to keep us safe and free.

    1. Thank you for your sons service! My son is a Marine I understand and he’s deployed now, so I get it!

  67. Roger that. 2 blue stars in my window. Navy, Marine and now my Marine enlisted in the Army, reporting to Green Beret Selection. We have gotten through 3 deployments (praise God!). May God keep all our service members and their families in the palm of His hand!

  68. Roger That!! I have a son who just entered the fleet in the Marines!! My and his first deployment start in August..GOD BLESS!

  69. Roger That!! My son has been a Marine for a few years now and stationed over seas. My step daughter leaves for boot in less than 2 weeks. Also she is newly engaged to her boyfriend who just completed boot and earned the title Marine. My family is mostly military (Grandparents, Uncles, Cousins and so forth) and I am proud of each and every one of our men and women in uniform!! It is however a very different life being a MoM but I wouldn’t trade it for anything!!

  70. Roger that!!! Oh how this shared my heart, especially the part about when they are under my roof. Now I don’t feel so alone or crazy or something for the feelings that I have even when he’s not deployed!! Thank you to your children for their service and to you for your service. God bless!!!

  71. Roger that. Can’t possibly imagine what parents of service men and women go through. Thank you all for your services

  72. Roger that! My son has joined the Marines and will be starting the Crucible next week. My worry has already begun.

  73. Roger that! Proud Marine MoM here! My son is just beginning his career. Proudly following his Grandfather’s footsteps.
    Every story I read touches my soul as if it is my own child…that’s what it means to be military family. We feel the pride, joy, and pain of others.
    I thank the brave men and women who serve and protect us and the brave families on the homefront. No one is alone, we are all in this together.

  74. Roger that! I have a son that is a Marine that is currently deployed and a close friends daughter and my first cousin who has been deployed both are in the Airforce. I also have a nephew who is a Marine and was in falusia ( can’t spell sorry). Also have a best friends brother who is currently in the navy. I understand the fear because I live it everyday. I would be more then happy to help anyone who needs it. It’s hard really hard! I believe the struggle is real because I live it everyday, one of my ex friends said to me I don’t understand why your so concerned about your son and your family who is deployed? I said really? I gave her examples and blah blah blah she wasn’t going to understand because she didn’t want to, so no more talking to her. We don’t need negativity where our children are concerned we need understanding.

  75. Roger that! My youngest is a dog handler with the Army. He is the first to serve his country, although his grandfathers did, so when he told us he was joining the Army I had such mixed emotions. He has been deployed for over 4 months now. Technology is great but there are days that go by with no word, and I know he and his dog are out doing what they have been trained to do. However as a proud mom, I still have those days especially when I know I won’t hear from him that my mind and heart start going places I wish they wouldn’t. Thank you so much for your book, I know that God is watching over all of our children. And each day I pray for all here and abroad for safety. I think the hardest thing for some of us newbies is that although family and friends try to understand what we are feeling, but they can’t, so I only ask them for prayers and keep my feelings closed up and only share with my God.

  76. Roger that. I have no children serving anymore and completed 20years myself & have the scars to prove it. Let there ever be a respite for them all.

  77. Roger That – Marine Mom here, he is also in aviation. I pray for him, his wife and Marine brothers everyday. God bless all those who have, who are and who will serve in the military of this great country. Ooh Rah !!!

  78. Roger That- Navy Mom here, God bless you, all military families and all those who are serving our country. You put into words what I’m feeling everyday, thank you.

  79. Roger that! My Airman is headed to South Korea. I am beyond proud of my son, my heart aches with all of the uncertainties of what he may have to face. Prayers to all that are serving and have served. God is good!

  80. Roger that…My son is going on his first deployment in two weeks and I put him in Gods hands to watch over him and his unit, thank you for your story it helps a lot to try and get through this and to know I’m not the only mom who goes through this…Proud Marine Mom

  81. Roger that…Very proud Army mom right here my son is deployed right now .it’s been very hard I trust in the Lord to keep him safe .the Lord gives me the strenght I need .I miss him terribly I worry about him every minute of the day. It’s like I will not fully rest until he’s home .it’s hard to understand the fear of a military mom if your not part of a miltary family ..prayers for all service men and women. Thank u for sharing y’alls stories .

  82. Prayers always for you and your sons and son in law I am a proud Marine Mom a proud Marine daughter and a proud Marine wife. I know all to well what worry is as well as the weight of the invisible bookbag. Come December I will have my middle son going into the Navy. I am a mother of four as well 3-boys and 1-girl. She is my baby. My oldest is my Marine. I feel very blessed by God each and every day. Thank you for sharing your post. God bless

  83. Roger That! My son Nathanael, joined the Canadian Army a couple of years ago. He is living his dream, he has always wanted to serve his country and be in the service. He was raised here in Hawaii, and had to wait a year before joining the Canadian military, he was born in Canada, so he is a citizen, it was rather frustrating for him, but he stuck with it, and is now having the time of his life. Learning and serving, he will get deployed I am sure at some point, but for now he is still training and doing peace keeping things in his homeland. All his friends here joined the American Military, one in the army, one in the navy, one in the marines, we their parents are all keeping an eye out for when they are able to come home. We are proud of their accomplishments. It is never easy to send your children anywhere, even when they are little because anything can happen to them, but we can help them. Now they are on their own, following their own destinies, I pray as well all do, that our children live a long life and do our country’s proud. Proud Mom, and supporter of my sons school chums…Aloha!

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