My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Boot Campaign, , TX, USA
My family has always been military. My grandfathers both served, my maternal grandfather in the Air Corps before it was the Air Force, becoming a POW and surviving the Bataan Death March. My paternal grandfather was in the Navy and served during the Korean War.
My father joined the Air Force immediately after going to college on the GI bill, and became a C-141 pilot after he lost a buddy during fighter training. Flying is his life. He served during Desert Storm, Desert Shield, that mess in Bosnia and Somalia. I would sit with my mother and sister and watch the anti-aircraft fire, praying he would make it.
He now flies for a civilian cargo outfit, and they have a bunch of DoD contracts, so he still flies into Kabul and such, occasionally with supplies for soldiers and sometimes with the soldiers himself. He's told me that he wishes very much that he could get back in the fight and serve again.
I was raised as a military child, and my parents instilled such a strong sense of responsibility in me that it kept me alive when my severe depression made me suicidal. So I want to thank each and every one of you for your bravery, your sacrifice, your sheer refusal to quit. You save lives in ways you don't even know about. You saved mine. Thank you all. I am more grateful than I can ever express.