The Luckiest Man In Iraq

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My name is Patti, I had 2 sons that deployed to Iraq. My oldest son Brandon deployed in 2003 and my youngest in 2007. It all happened so fast. One day I was signing a check for dorm fees for Brandon when he walked into the room and said, "Mom I met a man" and he said, if I joined the Army I could go to Italy...so I did. Wow,  that was different for me. Not that I was … [Read more...]

Living the American Dream

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Are you living the American Dream?  Thomas Wolfe said, "…to every man, regardless of his birth, his shining, golden opportunity ….the right to live, to work, to be himself, and to become whatever thing his manhood and his vision can combine to make him." The American Dream is different for each person, depending on their definition and desire. I am proud to say that my son … [Read more...]

Military Mom Helps Soldiers in Combat Sleep Better

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Barbara Farrior's been busy spreading comfort to the troops by providing a comfy place to lay their head! She started Pillows for Patriots to help provide a better night's sleep for deployed troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The idea for these travel size pillows was born when Barbara Farrior's son was ready to deploy to Iraq. She realized the Army did not issue pillows to … [Read more...]

Deployment – Week 4

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It's been four weeks since my son was deployed to Afghanistan. We are fortunate to chat with him frequently at random times of the day and night with Skype. His Internet connection is poor but better than none at all. He was excited to receive the Christmas tree I sent via Operation Christmas Tree, a nice way to bring a little bit of "home" to Afghanistan. He received … [Read more...]

My Soldier’s Mom

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My child, you glow in uniform In pride I live, my heart so warm I have such precious thoughts cascade Some old, some new, not one will fade How hard that day we said good-bye The joy, the pain, etched in my eye You left to serve our country well My perfect one, my tears did swell No better soldier could there be For in my love, that's all I see Oh how I pray … [Read more...]