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Military moms: Sharing the holidays with a soldier

Michelle Maffei is a freelance copywriter covering a variety of topics both online and in print, from parenting to beauty and more. Combining her two favorite loves, writing and motherhood, she has found joy in even the most challenging ...

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.

Valerie Poteete, Las Vegas, Nevada

As a single mom, my bond with my son is very strong. We've been through a lot together. When he decided to join the military, I was nervous, but proud. At some point I realized I had just given my only child to a country I had never seen before. I knew it was there, but I hadn't seen it for myself.

When he made his choice to join the Air Force, I made my choice to move into a motorhome so I could see the country my son was defending. It's been an extraordinary adventure for us both.

So far he has been deployed twice. The first time was nerve-wracking because he had only two day's notice and couldn't share his location because he was on a special mission. Currently, he is on regular deployment in Qatar (although should be back on U.S. soil for Christmas).

How I feel about him protecting our country during the holidays? I'm proud. Very proud. And excited for him as well. He has seen so many new and exciting locations; has had some amazing experiences. Together we get to share our solo adventures more like friends. I'm still his mom and he is still my baby, but it sure is awesome to see him grow in his own direction knowing I taught him well.

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