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"It is really nice to know that there are people who truly understand the emotional costs involved to be a mother, girlfriend, boyfriend, husband or wife of a soldier. " B.C

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"By the way your group is doing a terrific job!" P.T.

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"Thank you for all you do and keep doing what you do because it does matter and it matters to me I am just a person when I don't understand something I then need answers. You and the others in the group offer answers. The group has been so kind and again I thank you for that." G.S.

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"Thanks so much for the advice, it really helps." M.B.

"Keep up the good work with the support group even if times are slow, I always find something cool in the emails that get sent out. And I will also take this chance to thank you, I know my parents both found comfort knowing the group was there while I was deployed" . S. Puiilandre

 

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"I called the number you gave me after fighting with my email for it to open and spoke with a lady on the phone for over 2 hours. She has set me up with another lady in Brantford on Monday for my first counseling session. I am hoping this will help things a little further. I am going to try my best and stick things out and see where this group coupled with the counsel will take me. And if it will save my marriage with the military life. Anyway just giving you an update on my mixed up world at the moment...AND I DID A TURKEY ALL BY MYSELF AND NO ONE GOT FOOD POISONING!!!! WOO!!!" A.B.

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"I am so happy that I finally decided to attend your group in Brantford. It was comforting to meet with other women experiencing the same journey in life.  Thank you" B.H.

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"I am sorry I missed last night (working) planning on attending!T. is in the first few weeks of combat engineering training....the physical and mental challenge is insane.....makes us so proud that he is determined to stay strong.....they make it very very hard on them from all accounts. It was his birthday Wednesday....and I got a call at midnight from my weary soldier....he snuck out to use a pay phone to call me....I was thankful. I miss him so much Pat.....it hurts." B.H.

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"We love the reading your emails .... just keep the emails coming.

As for us emotionally...well it's all I can do to keep the tears and fears under control.  Right now I seem to wear them on my sleeve just ready to surface. I'm trying so hard to be strong for the family.  Of course my husband is much stronger on the outside but he'll be on edge for most of the year.  Perhaps it will be easier this second time around, what do you think?

The kids are scared and feeling a bit upset with B. that he would go again, but they love him and only show that emotion to him...I get the questions and anxieties from the kids.  We will survive we did the last time and we have tons of support from our family and friends.  There are so many praying for his safe return!" E.H.

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"I have the hardest time saying, "bye" to him when he calls.   That is really, really difficult.  When I am at work, if I think about him too much I get the big lump in my throat and hope that no one walks into my office at that particular moment.    In general,  I am doing fine."

S.B.

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"We want to take this opportunity to say thank you for keeping us up-dated on all aspects of this deployment.  You are doing a super bang-up job !! " S & J.B.

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"I couldn't sleep so down to the computer I came.

I see the 'roller coaster' has begun its journey once again. I'm hoping that the parents/spouse of newly deployed and any other loved ones left behind will have an easy go of it.

Gosh, I can't believe it's begun yet again. I truly hope and pray that each one comes home safe and sound.

The group  couldn't ask for a better support advisor.

You will probably never really know how much your  presence is needed and appreciated.( but that is only because they are hurtin so much.....)

Keep it going strong.

By the way:  Did I ever tell you how much I appreciated your presence

while G. was away?" L.P. (TF 3-08)

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"Thank-you for all of your support and encouragement from our family and countless others who have had the blessing of knowing you both.  I read these e-mails about those young men who are now overseas and I feel for them and what they are going through.  I look at my son and his buddies who returned last May and thank God that they are home safe.  They have changed - more serious and have less patience for people who do selfish things to their fellow man.  They do not talk about their experiences much - mainly amongst themselves.  I am proud of them and pray everyday for the other young men and women and their families.

Again many thanks for you and your husband.  My family and I wish you all the best and the strength to continue your mission - to help your fellow man." M.H. (TF 3-08)

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"You know Pat, he honestly is loving it.  He says that Afghanistan is quite the place and all but, he is happy.  I think for the first time in years probably.  This is what he is meant to be doing.He is meant to do this.  I think for the first time in a long time, possibly years, he finally feels whole.  That may seem corny but it is true.  I think that this is the best thing in the world for him and that he will be a better person for this He has told me that he is loving it.  And for all that it is he loves this.  This is who he is and what he should be doing.  Corny yes, Reality yes!!!!   I am really happy that he is gone to do this and whether that is bad or not I don't know.  Maybe it is!!!  I knew that when he left he would come back a different person and I think he will be a better one.  This will "complete him"  yeah that is corny, lol!!!

I think for the first time he can be proud of himself.  Not to mention that I am proud of him.  It takes alot of strength to do something like this and I am proud to say that he is mine!!!   And that he is doing something that everyone else doesn't.  Not to mention the fact that people are appreciating the things that he is doing.  He is getting the credit for what he does and getting praise for his hard work......"

N.L.

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"My husband and I have just returned home from Ottawa. M. returned safely home from Afghanistan and we spend a couple of days with him and his sisters in Ottawa. We are extremely thankful for his safe return and the return of two large busloads of our men and women in uniform. Thank you for being there, if we had needed you, Give our best to thefamilies of the ones over there now. You can be assured of our continued prayers and support for all serving until this mission is finished. Thank you once again, P.B."