Giving Thanks To The Troops This Holiday

The holidays can be tough when you have a child serving in the military; but these military moms share that their pride can outshine their heartache, even when the distance between them and their soldiers span oceans. However, this time of year is the perfect time for those of us back home to share your appreciation to the soldiers and their military parents, so take a moment to read their stories and send some thanks of your own.

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Karen Clark, Watertown, New York

My two sons and one daughter-in-law are U.S. Army soldiers. Around the holidays I feel nostalgic. I like to remember Christmases past when the only desert discussed was the one in Jerusalem; not Afghanistan. This year, we will all be home for the holidays, but a deployment looms. My amazing children, like all soldiers, have volunteered to make sacrifices to make this world a better place. Pride, respect, anxiety and hope are the emotions I feel as my children protect our country during the holidays.

Even when you're not a military parent, you can still show your appreciation to other military moms with a few clicks of your mouse. Take a moment to send some thanks of your own directly to soldiers serving our country through the USO's virtual thank you card or send a holiday gift to the troops through the USO's wish book.

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Comments on "Military moms: Sharing the holidays with a soldier"

Michelle Maffei December 27, 2012 | 3:38 PM

Thank you all who have loved ones in the military. I know your family is doing without so our families back home can stay safe! My gratitude is infinite!

Angie December 19, 2012 | 12:45 PM

Thank you Michelle for sharing our stories. Happy Holidays.

Dawn Lewis December 19, 2012 | 12:41 PM

I too have a 10th Mountain soldier with a deployment on the horizon so this Christmas means more than any other to me. I have the utmost respect for our soldiers, their wives, children and most of all their mommas. A million "thank you's" to every soldier serving or have served and their families. Happy Holidays!

Michelle December 18, 2012 | 10:27 AM

Beautiful stories, thank you! My appreciation goes out to all the soldiers and there loved ones.

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