To friends and loved ones who can't be with us; and to those who are no longer with us.
You are always in our hearts.
Auld Lang Syne (to days gone by)... farewell 2014.
Wishing everyone a safe and happy 2015.
It was supposed to be a routine combat patrol, but it became a life-changing event for a Marine Corps Reserve officer, Major Justin Constantine.
Less than two months after volunteering to deploy with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines to Iraq in 2006, the civil affairs team leader was shot in the head by an enemy sniper near Fallujah. The bullet caused catastrophic damage, destroying his jaw and much of his face. He was not expected to survive. But Justin Constantine is a Marine. And thanks to the immediate efforts of a Navy corpsman, his own warrior spirit, and the self-less dedication of the woman who became his wife, he has made an amazing recovery.
WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Some of the unsung heroes inside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center are the mothers of wounded warriors - military members who have been severely injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Around the halls of Walter Reed, they've been dubbed the Mighty Moms, a fearless, feisty group of mothers fighting for their wounded children.
"They understand your life. You don't have to explain it," said Stacy Fidler, whose son Mark is still recovering from serious war injuries.
"We're strong. We will do anything for our kids. We fight a lot of battles," said Vallence Scott, who's been caring for her wounded son, Robert.
"Our sons can't speak up, but we can," said Tammy Karcher, the primary caregiver for son, Jeffrey.
Most Americans focus on the service and sacrifice of our military, but these women have put their own lives on hold, often for years, ever since receiving the call every family dreads.
"Leaving your other children, I was running two households. The stress was way out of control," added Karcher.
"When I talk about it, I really get teary about it because I just thank God he's here," said Scott.
"That's the most important thing for me."
Their love for their children, and each other, is unconditional.Much more at the link. And don't forget there is a great new book about them, called Unbreakable Bonds: The Mighty Moms and Wounded Warriors of Walter Reed. A portion of the proceeds go to the families featured in the book.