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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Lynn 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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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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