The mamas

Judy
Judy

"Don’t you get it? This is my child and he’s been in harm’s way for 8 months. Don’t you get it?"

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Phyllis
Phyllis

"Both of our sons were in the Navy because their dad and their grandad had been in the Navy."

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Caroline
Caroline

"I had women of all faiths praying for my son so to me, what has carried me through these years as a mom has been my faith in God and the power of prayer."

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Sherri
Sherri

"We had him on Skype and as soon as he saw our faces, he just broke...and I thought my goodness, this is such a huge impactful thing on his life."

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Dianne
Dianne

"When I turned on the television, and they reported that a marine 1st Lt. had been killed, I got on my knees and prayed and prayed and prayed and prayed."

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Leann
Leann

"They have fought for me..Why does this country have a problem with that?"

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Kelly
Kelly

"This man who looked very nondescript..came up to my son and thanked him for his service..and handed him a one hundred dollar bill. This made a huge impact."

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Gladys
Gladys

"I'm a senior citizen and have lived through six wars with someone I Loved in every one of them. It's been kind of rough. Thank goodness they all came back safe. What did we accomplish in these wars? Nobody wins."

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Sarita
Sarita

"I have a lot of stories, a lot of stories that I know and people I knew and people I helped."

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Carmen
Carmen

"It made me think about things I hadn't thought about in a long time and it made me focus on my son."

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Wilma
Wilma

"I remember...a guy came up to me that was a marine and I said I'm not going to talk to him. I was that young and dumb."

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Celeste
Celeste

"As a Latin mother, it's hard for me. I'm like a mother hen, it's hard for me to let them fly."

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Marlene
Marlene

"I hate to say it, but I used to fantasize, just to know if I could take the pain of her being brought back in a coffin with the flag over it... I wanted to know if i could stand it, and I couldn't stand it, I couldn't imagine my live without her."

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Janine
Janine

"They're going to come home in droves. We need to be ready We need to take care of them."

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Irma
Irma

"You're always wondering what's happening, where are they because they're not allowed to say. You get a small pamphlet every month saying that [your sons] are in deployment... but in reality you don't know what's going on."

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Queen
Queen

"At the time that he told me about being deployed, it did not register that deploy means deploy... I thought it was something that he had to do in Alaska... but no."

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Juana
Juana

"He said, 'mom, I'm calling you to let you know that I'm conscious, that I can move, and that I'm OK' and I said, 'OK, I'll be there in two days!."

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Mary
Mary

"When they came to get him,...he had a bag and they said 'leave the bag, your ours now, you don't need to take anything. We'll give you everything you need'."

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Kerry
Kerry

"When our sons and daughters go into the military we need to support them to be grown-ups."

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Rose
Rose

"You really don't know until they're placed in a situation…because I would have never imagined him to be so strong and determined."

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Arlene
Arlene

"...ten years ago if you were in pain, a doctor kept writing prescriptions for you...never imagining that you were going to get addicted to it."

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