I just found out that my son will be deployed, too. I feel your pain and worry. My son (only 20 and in for only a year, currently working in an ICU) is so calm about going. He knew his time would be near as everyone else was getting…"
"My son did his FMTB training (was mandatory for all the corpsmen in his class) and is now overseas in a hospital ICU. However, his classmates there already have orders for war and he was told his orders are coming in a few months. He will be…"
"These are my first holidays without my only son. He is overseas right now and I can't bear to even put up a tree or decorate the house, a first for me ever. I sent him a care package which he really enjoyed. I feel bad for him, too, as he is…"
"When my son finished A school, it was mandatory that the whole battalion went to FMTB training. He did not have a choice. Now, he is working at a naval hospital in Okinawa in a surgical ICU.He gets paged for all mass casualties coming into the ER so…"
"Bryan got his itinerary last Tues and he leaves soon after graduating. I will not be able to see him, so I am jealous of all of you attending the graduation! His arm is healing well and his sling should be off after today. I do enjoy his facebook…"
"My son is in Michael's graduating class, too, and going to Japan as well! He, too,will be stationed at the hospital. He was told he'll be there about 3 years. We may not get to see him before he leaves, as we live in MD and the trip…"
I'm 52 and I have one son who joined the Navy against my advice. I was in the Army Nurse Corps myself as a Captain for 7.5 yrs (1979-1986). I just didn't want my only son to be in harm's way during these present war years. I raised him alone as his father left when he was 2. I also have 2 grown daughters. He leaves for boot camp on Feb 2, 2009. He plans on being a medic.
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When I heard “Navy,” I:
Was concerned or afraid, Was proud
From my experience with the Navy, the most important thing I learned was:
that I need to support him. Despite having raised im alone, he now wants to be independent. He could have chosen a much worse path in life, so now I want to support him and be proud. I will pray everyday that he is safe and happy and comes home to visit often.
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You will make it through this. I promise you that!!
That famous dreaded box, I know, I felt horrible too when I recieved mine. It leaves you feeling empty, I know. Our babies aren't civilians anymore!!
Relax, Bryan is fine and in good hands with the Navy. Once he gets into the rountine of Boot Camp and over being homesick, he'll like Boot Camp. They all do beleive it or not!
Boot Camp isn't as horrible as us moms picture it.
Best thing for you to do is to stay in contact with other Navy moms. You could join groups as well, and I'm always around. Together we'll help you through Boot Camp.....we haven't lost a mom yet!! HAHA!!
Around the third week, you'll recieve a long letter from Bryan. I do warn moms that sometimes the first letter is sad. Don't panic if it is.
The letters do get more uplifting as time goes on.
My daughter KIm is on the USS Normandy, docked in Virginia. She was trained to read the radar.
Please don't hestitate to write.
Take care and God bless.
Christine, my name is Carlan, and my son left for Great Lakes on 2/3. His box arrived yesterday, and I know EXACTLY how you feel. The box is still sitting on the kitchen table, with all of his possessions he was wearing the last time I saw him. It was nice to see the comment from him at the end of the form letter from the captain, it lets me know he is still alive. I keep thinking he is gone for good, probably because I can't just pick up the phone and call him!! Its the isolation that is hurting the most. Then I remember that what he is doing is going to be so good for him in so many ways, and that part of him will be gone for good, the little boy, and when I see him next, he will be a man. I really am looking forward to meeting him, and seeing the changes!!
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We are so glad that you are here! This is a great place to meet others that know exactly how you feel!
We have something for everyone here groups from boot camp moms to overseas moms and moms that like to scrap book. We have meet and greets to events that the moms set up to meet each other and have dinner or an outing. There are groups to help you with each and every step of this wonderful adventure that our children have chosen called the US Navy.
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