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We don't choose to leave our families. We do this because we love our country.

Air Force Master Sgt. James Bonner reunites with his son. The Sacrifice for Freedom Military serviceman and dad, Air Force Master Sgt. James Bonner, spent 6 months thousands of miles away from his family.  1/2 of a year of his life dedicated to his country without seeing his family.  I hate to be away from my family for more than a couple of days. Master Sgt. Bonner has chosen to serve his country because he loves freedom and wants to defend our country from the dangerous attack of those who would take that God given right away. Surprise Homecoming Receiving a Hero's Welcome from his children's school where he surprised his wife and 2 boys, he reveals what is heavy on his heart as he returns home. We all love to view a soldier's return home.  His ... Read more - Providing support to those who support us. - providing support to veterans with Combat Stress, PTSD, and TBI Being a hero comes with a price. After watching the "Meet The Warriors" videos, it's given me a renewed respect for our military men and women.  It is an extreme sacrifice for people to serve in the U.S. military and when they return home, they cannot simply leave combat behind and pick up where they left off.  The invisible wounds of war are something that makes returning to civilian life a whole different challenge.  Men and women return home after having seen and experienced horrific things.  These things stay with them and it takes time and compassion for healing. A code of honor.  No one gets left behind. One thing that touched me most (especially Justin's, Josh's, & William's story) was the fact that these ... Read more
Posted by Amy Juelich on March 26th, 2014 :: Filed under: Blog,Military,Military Families,SOT,Wounded Warriors

Dear Soldier, my dad was a soldier. He’s in heaven now.

Note To Soldier - Pay It Forward Gold Star Kid 8 year old Myles Eckert has a heart of gold and is a Gold Star Kid.  Myles was only 5 weeks old when his father, Army Sergeant Andy Eckert gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving in Iraq.  All Myles has of his father is mementos, other people's memories and his imagination. “Because he was a soldier, and soldiers remind me of my dad” On Feb 7, 2014, Myles was entering a local restaurant when he found a treasure.  A 20 dollar bill lying on the ground.  As he entered, his eyes rested upon another man in uniform who reminded him of his dad.  He sat down and wrote a heartfelt note to that soldier as a gift along with the $20.  This ... Read more
Posted by Amy Juelich on March 5th, 2014 :: Filed under: Blog,Military,Military Families,Note To Soldier,Pay It Forward