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.
Tracie Ciambotti, Bennett, Colorado
I am the mother of an Army staff sergeant. My life was forever changed when my son enlisted in the Army two days after he graduated from high school. It is a mother’s instinct to protect her children. From the moment we feel the first movement as they grow inside us, we take on the role of protector. It is our job to keep them safe and to teach them about avoiding danger.
What happens to our basic instinct to protect our child when he or she is ordered to one of the most dangerous places in the world? The one thing that comes so naturally to us, which we have done with ease for 18 years, is suddenly beyond our grasp. Oh, we still feel the need, but we are no longer able to protect our children! Worse than that, we cannot know exactly where they are, what they are doing, or if they are safe, injured or even alive. What now? How do we get through the day? How do we survive?
My experiences as the mother of a soldier inspired me to help others. I co-founded a nonprofit organization, Military Families Ministry, which supports military families and I wrote a book, Battles of the Heart: Boot Camp for Military Moms.