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Military moms: Sharing the holidays with a soldier

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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.

Giving thanks to the troops this holidayLynn Pipitone, California

I think about my soldier son serving in Afghanistan every few hours throughout the day. I wonder what he's doing, if he's warm and mostly if he's staying safe. When I talk to him I make sure I stay supportive and positive. I hang on every word he shares about his duties and his daily life. Christmas is a time for families to be together, make memories and enjoy family traditions, but this year an important piece of our family will be missing. We all want it to feel like it's just another Christmas but it's not. Adam's presence is missed so much.

I worry about him missing everyone at the holidays... we all have each other but he's alone... he does have his Army buddies. To bring him a little bit of 'home' on Christmas I sent a stocking with the same items he receives each year... so it seems familiar. It made me feel better, hopefully it makes him feel better too.

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