Military moms: Sharing the holidays with a soldier

Audra Hamlin, Elmhurst, Illinois

My son Haden is in the Navy stationed out of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on the USS Lake Erie. How do I feel having my son protecting our country over the holidays — proud! My son is an amazing young man who chose to serve his country because he felt it was something he needed to do — it was his calling. It may not be what I would have chosen for him or what I wanted for him but I have confidence in him and his decisions. He is happy. He loves his job and that is all we really want for our children.

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