From your daughter, with pride

From your daughter, with pride

My mother joined the US Army at the age of 40. She was the first Chaplain reprsenting her denomination, and with four hungry kids in tow, she jumped in feet first. Nothing ever will inspire me more than her bravery to tackle life, live her dreams and serve our country. The Army changed our lives and she changed the lives of countless soldiers who heeded her advice during moments of crisis throughout 20 years of service. She married soldiers and buried soldiers. She counseled them out of suicide, divorce and post-traumatic stress. She was one of the very first officers to recognize PTSD and treat it.

Equally awesome was that you could never pigeon-hole my mother. She would wear hot-pink nail polish, sport a trendy Princess Diana haircut, don a cross on her lapel and tromp around in the shiniest combat boots in the Army. I used to be embarrassed if she would show up at school in her uniform since most moms didn't wear combat boots, but oh, mother, how proud I am of you now.

She never thought she was too old, too feminine, too burdened to start a new life and make it work for her and for us. She embodied and still does the heart of a soldier while serveing in the 1st Calvary, attending the prestegious Command and General Staff College, leading the Chaplaincy at USAEUR headquarters and eventually retiring as a colonel. She took me on a wild and amazing ride around the world as she fearlessly lived her dream...and that has made all the difference in the world. I salute you, mom, and I salute all the mothers who choose to be soldiers in the hope of making their family's and their fellow citizens' lives better.