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"My time in the service isn't something I talk about too often. It feels like it was so far behind me. I was caught up in the day-to-day for so long. Now that our kids are grown and I'm retired, sometimes memories just hit me. I wish I had some of my old pals closer by so we could catch up on old times."
"My husband is a deployed NH National Guardsman. His last deployment, our kids were too little to really understand. This time, they're really struggling. Today, I had to go into their school and talk to their teachers about how this all has impacted their schoolwork. I feel like they don't understand that it will be a huge change for our family and will take some time for the kids to adjust. I wish I had more support."
"I'm not your typical college student. I served in the Marine Corps for 8 years, and now I'm using my GI Bill to finish my degree. Most of my classmates are young and not married, no one has kids. So it's pretty hard to relate. I'm just trying to finish as fast as possible so that I can really start my new life with my family."
"We lost our son to suicide. It's still hard to say that. When he came home from Afghanistan, he struggled so much. It was hard to connect. He would say he was fine, and then stay in the basement for several days. It happened five years ago and it still hurts. Talking with other Gold Star parents has gotten us through the toughest days."
"My parents brought me to the US for my sixth birthday. I didn't know the language, but they put me right into school. I learned quickly. After high school, I decided to join the military to pay for college and to earn my citizenship. What I thought would be a means to an end, ended up being a career. I'm stationed at PNSY, which has a very small Active Duty presence. The community here has been so welcoming, I'd like to stay here when I retire."
"We moved here from North Carolina. Our daddy is a Marine Corps recruiter. That means he has to ask everyone if they'd like to join the Marines. In NC, all my friends' daddy's were Marines. But here, people are all kinds of things! I miss my school and my teacher and my little sister misses her friends."
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