Kelly, Jonathan, and Mudflap:
I sat and cried for over an hour listening to your broadcast from the
USS Ronald Reagan. It was an inspirational and moving time for me. My son joined the Navy in July of this year and is now
home on leave until next Friday. He will then become a part of the
crew on the USS Shreveport based out of Norfolk, Virginia. My son is 19 years old and had no idea what he really wanted to
do with his life so he thought the Navy might bring some direction to him. In the few months he has
been a part of the Navy, I can see some major changes in him---ones I am proud to say are positive changes. Bryan has pride
in himself and in the Navy. He walks different and is looking toward the future, not just for the moment. I am very proud of my son.
While listening to your broadcast with sailors from Colorado, I could
hear the same pride I hear in my son’s voice. It takes a lot to be away from friends and
family for extended periods of time. Bryan continually mentions John Michael Montgomery’s song, “Letters from Home” and how it truly applies to people in the armed forces. We sent oodles of letters, cards, and pictures to
him and will do so again when he takes off next week. It really is important for them to know they are supported and loved. It has been very moving when we have been out in public with my son (while in uniform)
to have many people come up, pat him on the shoulder, shake his hand,
and sincerely thank him for serving for our country.
I want to thank you for taking the time and effort to put this on.
I hope you can do something similar for the other branches of the military because I am sure it would mean the same to them
to know we all support, care, and appreciate their efforts. You truly
deserve the awards you have received. Your efforts have made my son a recent convert to country music, but is now a lifelong fan.
With sincere thanks,