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April 2009 Blog Posts (19)

Entertaining in Afganistan...

Troops crowd the stage to take a photo of Toby Keith April 27 during his concert on Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. This was Keith's seventh USO tour.
CAPT. MICHAEL GREENBERGER / ARMY

Added by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on April 30, 2009 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Financing assistance from the Navy for their sailors

Does anybody know of where or whom to contact regarding help with obtaining a loan to buy a car? Our son has his own car but he wants to buy a new (used car) car that will require him to get a loan. He's only 19 so he has no credit history other than his auto insurance and his checking account. He applied online (since that's what his bank told him to do) and they immediately turned him down. Again, I'm sure it's because of a lack of credit. I would think the Navy has something to help their… Continue

Added by Jody Gault on April 29, 2009 at 9:03pm — 7 Comments

Navy Weeks Are Coming! (Updated With Details On Upcoming Cities!)

070420-N-2903M-002 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 20, 2007) - The U.S. Navy Band Mid-South “Freedom” plays to a downtown crowd at Louisville’s “Fourth Street Live.” “Freedom” played throughout the greater Louisville area April 16-21 as part of Louisville Navy Week. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Terry Matlock (RELEASED)



Hello everyone!



I have a little announcement to make regarding Navy… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on April 29, 2009 at 1:00am — 5 Comments

Sailor Quote Sunday

"Grant me the courage not to give up, even though I think it is hopeless".

- Admiral Chester W. Nimitz

Added by Sue S on April 26, 2009 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

The loss of one of our Sailors...

I wanted to share this article I had just read for those of you who haven’t heard about it yet. My heart goes out to the family & friends and shipmates of the sailor who lost his life. My thoughts & prayers are with you all and thank you for our fallen hero's service to our country. It’s always hard to hear about the loss of one of our military men or women. The article indicated the ship’s location, when they had arrived, and how long their deployment is but I deleted that part. Just… Continue

Added by Karen (KC's mom) on April 24, 2009 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

One year ago...the doors rolled up and Division 161 was first in...

Boot Camp Pictures, Images and Photos

What a great year it has been for our Sailor and I'm so happy that we have met in the process! Thanks for all your wonderful support.

Added by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on April 24, 2009 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

68 days is not enough!

I spent the better part of this week preparing for JUST the high school presentation of Scott's acceptance to Annapolis today. His dress pants, too short from internships in years past, LONG hours at the Geek Squad before, during and after the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays.... had to be replaced 2 days before the event. I had to gently wake the sleeping exhausted bear from his state of hibernation, for which he graciously thanked me later. Last night he asked about his 6 yr old brother… Continue

Added by B mom of S on April 23, 2009 at 7:27pm — No Comments

Free day of fun at...

Budweiser is honored to salute the men and women of our armed forces and their families. Throughout 2009, members of the military and as many as three direct dependents may enter any one of Anheuser-Busch's SeaWorld, Busch Gardens or Sesame Place parks with a single-day complimentary admission.





For your service and sacrifice, we thank you.



Here's to the Heroes program



FREE ADMISSION SUMMARY

Any active duty, activated or drilling reservist, or National… Continue

Added by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on April 23, 2009 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Sailor Quote Sunday

"Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used".

- Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd, Jr.

Added by Sue S on April 19, 2009 at 5:00am — No Comments

Can I send him early?

UGH...Sometimes I forget, even in the proudest moments, that this young man is still a TEENAGER! Heaven help me, and him. I know he goes July 1st to Annapolis, but there are those rare moments where I would like to send him early. I keep trying to remind him that even though he made it to Annapolis, he does not have it ALL figured out. I got it, I got it just doesn't cut it. I think he might have Senior-Annapol-itis....... If so it MUST be God's way of perparing me to let him go. OY!

Added by B mom of S on April 17, 2009 at 7:34pm — 2 Comments

April 15 Honor Flight

I was honored to be a guardian of a 90 year old Navy veteran on his Honor Flight to DC on April 15. I received several emails afterward that I'd like to share with you.

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Sent: Thu, 16 Apr 2009 01:40:12 -0500

Subject: the honor is all mine- to be the daughter of one of these men



It is 12:08am Thursday April 16, 2009. I have just arrived home from dropping my parents off at their home. We had been at the airport. My father went… Continue

Added by Ruth, Gun's Mom on April 17, 2009 at 1:05pm — No Comments

April 18th, One Year Anniversary of PIR 4/18/2008.

For all the women and their families I met at the PIR 4/18/08, I am reminiscing about the graduation and the great friends my husband and I made. Lifetime friends, and through all the joy, sadness, tragedies, and heartache, and pride, we have been there for each other, and I can never thank everyone enough. We've held each other up, sustained each other, reinforced our beliefs, learned acronyms, played games, talked about our hobbies (to the point of distraction), and researched together to… Continue

Added by CCR on April 17, 2009 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

One more Easter B4 Annapolis

Oh my, God has a bittersweet sense of humor. I had decided I was not going to cry in church today. Yup.... Made that decision before I went. Yup... sure did. Crazy schedule getting there, and Scott went ahead to save 4 seats so we could all sit together. Turns out... no one, goes to the early service. Be that as it may. 2 rows ahead of us was a kid in his NJROTC jacket from a neighboring school. Was fine until they got to the song "How Great is Our God" . Lost it then... I realized how great… Continue

Added by B mom of S on April 12, 2009 at 5:41pm — No Comments

Proud of our Military!

American Flag Pictures, Images and Photos

Congratulations to our Navy Seals, the crews of the USS Bainbridge, USS Boxer, USS Halyburton and other military men and women on land, in the air and at sea that were involved in the rescue of Captain Phillips.

You make America proud!!!

Added by Mary, Proud Mom of Nick on April 12, 2009 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Sailor Quote Sunday

"A ship in port is safe; but that is not what ships are built for. Sail out to sea and do new things".

~ Rear Admiral Grace Hopper

Added by Sue S on April 12, 2009 at 5:00am — No Comments

Watching him get ready

I just added a countdown clock. Scott has a white board in his room, and counts down the days til I day...Feels more like going off the the goolag! It's hard to watch him process this thru the eyes of a 17 yr old. 9 years is a long time to commit to at that age. It is more than 1/2 his life. I keep telling him to break it down.... 6 weeks of plebe summer, than it is COLLEGE with a twist.... After 4 years, you are guaranteed a job for 5. In this economy.. it is a good thing. I know for him, he… Continue

Added by B mom of S on April 8, 2009 at 10:58pm — 3 Comments

READY FOR PIR APRIL 17 BUT SCARED TO DEATH ABOUT THAT UNIFORM!!



GAH im so ready to see my husband.....in wk 7 now and next week on april 15 i leave for chicago..but im terrified its going to be our first date all over agian...im just terrified to see him in that uniform..my worst fear since i was 16 and he was 18...we were only married 2 weeks when he left and its still hard for me to belive he really is in and he is gone...i wish he was here so badly to hold me and to give me his "everything is going to be… Continue

Added by WHITNEY (B's WIFE) on April 7, 2009 at 3:12am — 6 Comments

Sailor Quote Sunday

“There are no great men. Just great challenges which ordinary men,out of necessity, are forced by circumstance to meet.”

~ Admiral William "Bull" Halsey

Added by Sue S on April 5, 2009 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

Updates to Chat and New Member Process

Hello everyone!



I wanted to let you know that Ning has been making some updates to the Chat functionality based on member feedback. You can learn more about the changes that have recently been made by clicking here. I've been receiving additional feedback and I'm sending those suggestions over as I get them - you can also post your thoughts on this blog.



In addition, do to the surge of… Continue

Added by Navy for Moms Admin on April 2, 2009 at 12:21pm — 4 Comments

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