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Today my son began the process of entering the US Army

Posted on 10/17/2012 6:41:14 PM PDT by Badabing Badablonde

He struggled in school, crying during math, throwing tantrums during reading, and required a nightly headlock to get his schoolwork completed every night. In 2009 his father deserted us and completely cut him off financially, his sophomore year in community college. Since then he has held down numerous jobs to scrape together tuition, did a stint in Job Corp, and currently works partime in an automotive shop, while helping me care for my adult disabled daughter.

He is a good man. Drug and alcohol free, proud that for him true love continues to wait. Attends church every week, shares his faith, respects him mama, protects his sister, and he melts my heart.

But he wants to find his greatness. He wants opportunities. He wants to feel like there is a future and hope out there somewhere. He feels called to be part of something greater. I love my son so I support that.

I'm a mom. I'm not cut out to show him how to be a man. I teach him how to treat a date like a lady. I teach him that anger is for amateurs and revenge is for whiners. A good deed done in secret has twice the value. But I am incapable of the hard stuff. I don't even know what the hard stuff is. But I do know that he needs a life that doesn't involve caring for a tired single mom and a sister who requires more sacrifices than he is prepared to give right now. I'm sure the Army will be good for him, if he puts his own good into it first.

Mr. President, I wrote you off before you ever became the Dem candidate. I read about your church -- I cannot vote for a candidate who aligns himself in faith with a church that swears unquestionable allegiance to another country. When you campaigned in Germany, instead of working here in this country to win my vote, I was appalled. And when you referred to your own grandmother, a woman who loved and raised you, as a typical white woman, you made me sick. Its obvious to me you have no character or integrity. You have no record of ever fighting for anything, of ever taking a stand on anything, of ever demonstrating your commitment to be a public servant. You are Chauncey Gardener. You are just accidentally Being There.

But now my son is going to defend this country. The odds are he will be sent somewhere to fight people who hate us, hate that is more than likely enabled by your snivelling spinelessness and your need to be loved. The past four years our fine men and women in uniform have endured your contempt all the while protecting you and dodging bullets fired by your agenda. I will continue to pray every night and every morning that you are swept quickly and soundly out of my White House, and that your successor is able to restore our honor and greatness and pride. I have always loved my country and I have dedicated my life to working in its daily processes. I come from a large family of service men and women. But now, its my baby going out there, and frankly Mr. President, you don't deserve him.


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1 posted on 10/17/2012 6:41:16 PM PDT by Badabing Badablonde
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To: Badabing Badablonde
I don't know about today's Army (or ANY of the Military with what the Progressive Agenda has done to destroy it), but in the past, Military Service straightened out a LOT of troubled kids, and they came out better men than they ever could have been.

Good luck to you and your son.

2 posted on 10/17/2012 6:44:22 PM PDT by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: Badabing Badablonde

He’s going to do GREAT! It’s like a reallllly well-funded summer camp, except with a WHOLE lot of yelling, at first. It’s also easy to fall asleep if you’re really tired.

But he’ll love it and he’ll be FINE.

He’ll do great, and so have you.


3 posted on 10/17/2012 6:44:36 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Badabing Badablonde

Your son has a very good foundation from YOU. Thank you for raising someone who serves. Please thank your son for this grateful American. Know that I shall pray for his safety.


4 posted on 10/17/2012 6:45:38 PM PDT by proudmilitarymrs ("Of the four wars of my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong" R Reagan)
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To: Badabing Badablonde

God I pray you grab these deserting dads by the scruffs of their necks and direct their cheating hearts like watercourses. Let them be miserable with their situation, so they will turn to you and return home to the families that they deserted as Christ like fathers and husbands willing to lay their lives down for their families.


6 posted on 10/17/2012 6:46:10 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Badabing Badablonde

he’ll do well, you’ve raised a good man, yes a man. He has values and stability, traits that will serve him well in the very near future. Thank You, and Thank him from us all.


7 posted on 10/17/2012 6:47:13 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Badabing Badablonde

My very best to you and your son. BTT.


8 posted on 10/17/2012 6:47:40 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Badabing Badablonde

Awesome post. God bless you and your son.


9 posted on 10/17/2012 6:48:14 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Conservatism didn't magically show up in Romney's heart in 2012. You can't force what isn't in you.)
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To: Badabing Badablonde

inspiration to us all.
Thank you


10 posted on 10/17/2012 6:50:28 PM PDT by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: Badabing Badablonde

God bless him, and God bless you and yours.


11 posted on 10/17/2012 6:50:39 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Badabing Badablonde

Good luck to you both and BIG HUGS!!!


12 posted on 10/17/2012 6:50:50 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 wasn't an election - it was a coup d'etat.)
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To: Badabing Badablonde
Thank you for raising a son who is willing serve this great country
13 posted on 10/17/2012 6:52:50 PM PDT by montanajoe (Blamed Flamed Shamed didn't vote for R/R or O/B)
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To: Badabing Badablonde

Thank you so much for raising a good boy in circumstances that other women consider an excuse to throw up their hands in surrender. I will pray for him too. His road won’t be an easy one. But you did prepare him for it better than most other parents.


14 posted on 10/17/2012 6:52:51 PM PDT by lovesdogs
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To: Badabing Badablonde
One problem you should understand: Narcissists cannot love and don't need love.

If it's not too late, convince your son to joing the Air Force. I think his opportunities are much greater in the USAF and the AF treats its enlistees better. Much better. He'll be safer, too, although many AF personnel do end up in the war zone. This is based on my son's experience as an enlisted man who eventually was accepted to and graduated from the USAF Academy.

PS: Excellent letter.

15 posted on 10/17/2012 6:53:06 PM PDT by DallasDeb (usafa06mom)
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To: traditional1

This kid is not troubled. He has a learning issue. Just like my son.


16 posted on 10/17/2012 6:56:41 PM PDT by Darteaus94025
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To: Badabing Badablonde

God Bless the USA!

17 posted on 10/17/2012 6:57:27 PM PDT by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: DallasDeb

Thank you for that advice. He actually would prefer the AF, since my father and his 6 brothers were all officers in the AF. He did not do well on the practice test, so it may be easier for him to enter the Army. The math portion apparently kicked his butt and that discouraged him.


18 posted on 10/17/2012 6:58:21 PM PDT by Badabing Badablonde (New to the internet? CLICK HERE)
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To: Badabing Badablonde
The Army is a lot more dangerous to life than is the Navy - and the Navy has far better options for learning skills that he can use in later civilian life.

Just my humble experience speaking here...

19 posted on 10/17/2012 7:01:00 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Badabing Badablonde

It is going to be a bit of a shock at first... then normal

I wish I could do it all over again, I need a Time Machine

TT

PS if you hear any complaints about Basic, reassure him that it gets much worse... (Social Engineering) ... the rest of it is to be treasured, life long friends and a Mission.


20 posted on 10/17/2012 7:03:22 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (Radical islam is islam. Moderate islam is the Trojan Horse.)
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To: gaijin

Thank you and I hope you are right.


21 posted on 10/17/2012 7:04:30 PM PDT by Badabing Badablonde (New to the internet? CLICK HERE)
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To: Badabing Badablonde

We have a similar story in my family. My 18-year-old son enlisted in the US Marine Corps in July and is going to Parris Island on January 14. He’s wanted to do this since he was very little. I am enormously proud of him that he has overcome some real disadvantages and heartbreaking setbacks to reach this point. God bless you and your boy, and may the Lord in His providence keep our kids safe from the Evil One.


22 posted on 10/17/2012 7:07:40 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: Badabing Badablonde
Thankfully, you and your son define this country a whole lot better than the shameful person we have as a president. You have a right to be proud of your son, just as there are a whole lot of us, proud of you both.
23 posted on 10/17/2012 7:07:47 PM PDT by BornToBeAmerican (Things aren't as good as they should be and its Obama's fault, the resident said)
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You’re a great mom. I was a single mom, too, with 2 boys. Both my boys have done very well in spite of an absent father. Thank you for your son’s service. I will pray for you and both your kids, for their safety, their joy, and His blesssings on their lives. You, too. Regards.


24 posted on 10/17/2012 7:10:21 PM PDT by DallasDeb (usafa06mom)
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To: Badabing Badablonde
I can only speak of the Army of 40 years ago but....the key for your son,particularly during basic,is to follow orders immediately and without the slightest sign of "bad attitude".Otherwise the drill sergeants will eat him alive.Basic training is about endurance.You have to suck it up and take it,regardless of what "it" is.From your description of your son the Army is likely to either be the best thing...or the worst thing...that's ever happened to him...IMO.

After basic he'll very likely start to figure out how things work but he must still always strive to keep his nose clean.I can't give any feedback regarding his possible deployment to Iraq/Afghanistan because I was never deployed to a combat theater.

25 posted on 10/17/2012 7:13:50 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive)
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To: Badabing Badablonde; DallasDeb

My son finished all his requirements as a firefighter with our community. He began two years ago as a jr and earned six college credits that apply to homeschooling too. I had to read every word of the text to him, auditory processer, and learned more than I ever wanted to know about firefighting.

But now he is a community fireman, at age 17. He is also taking heavy equipment and CDL courses, has leaned to tile and brick. Our sons are such blessings and parenting a son is a different kind of courage.

Blessing to you both.


26 posted on 10/17/2012 7:16:56 PM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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To: Darteaus94025
" This kid is not troubled. He has a learning issue. Just like my son.

A learning issue? When there's no father in the home, it seems that OFTEN that male children have no father figure, and move to "learning issues" today.

Military Service used to be a great discipline, self-respect, self-reliance, meaningful-member-of-a-team building exercise. With the Agenda put into the military today, I just do not know if that's still true but my experience in the past in the Military showed MANY "learning difficulty" and/or "troubled" yewts being made into men.

You have to have been there (in the old military) to appreciate the environment and discipline, or have seen it in someone you know and how they changed for the better.

27 posted on 10/17/2012 7:17:04 PM PDT by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: DallasDeb

The thing that all the services gives one, if one is thinking, is that no matter what situation one is dealt in life, one never-ever-never-ever gives up.


28 posted on 10/17/2012 7:17:14 PM PDT by Parmy
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To: Badabing Badablonde; All

Thank you everyone. I didn’t realize the anxiety this was causing me until I started reading the replies and now I can’t stop crying. I sincerely hope that his years with me have not made him too soft to do this. I don’t want him to quit just because this is too hard.

But as God is my witness, I resent my son signing up to fight in a world that has been made worse by the incompetent legacy-whoring statesman-wannabe we currently have.


29 posted on 10/17/2012 7:18:34 PM PDT by Badabing Badablonde (New to the internet? CLICK HERE)
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To: Badabing Badablonde

If he can survive a headlock from his Mom, he’ll be just fine. My Mom popped my eyes out one time.


30 posted on 10/17/2012 7:21:28 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Badabing Badablonde

Don’t worry - school isn’t for everyone. A friend of mine didn’t finish high school, but wasn’t afraid of hard work, and was a great salesman and people-person. Developed street smarts. 25 years later, he owns a truck-parts supply company doing $50 million in sales a year. He’s generous with everyone and his employees love him.

Tell your son its all about getting experience. Learn how to work in big groups, and learn how people behave in bureaucracies like the Army. Learn from everyone - copy the behavior of good people and learn to avoid the mistakes of bad people

God bless you both.


31 posted on 10/17/2012 7:28:52 PM PDT by PGR88
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May God bless him and you.


32 posted on 10/17/2012 7:29:23 PM PDT by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: Badabing Badablonde

First I want to say God bless and keep you and your son, and thank him for his service. My son enlisted a year ago and is on his way from his first (short) tour in Afghanistan. I have been very impressed with the young men that he has been serving with. They are a testament to our nation. HOOAH!


33 posted on 10/17/2012 7:35:46 PM PDT by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: Ron C.

The Army is a lot of fun. I loved every minute of my time and my son is having a blast now. Even what I thought were the bad times are good looking back. If I was joining for the job thing I would go USAF, if my main thing were to love my job and have fun, I would join the Army and go Armor.


34 posted on 10/17/2012 7:36:36 PM PDT by jospehm20
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To: Badabing Badablonde
One more very important thing; join Facebook. Seriously. There are awesome support groups for parents. It was a tremendous source of great information.
37 posted on 10/17/2012 7:38:21 PM PDT by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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Sorry for multiple posts. Posting from an IPAD is different.


38 posted on 10/17/2012 7:38:21 PM PDT by jospehm20
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To: Gay State Conservative; Badabing Badablonde
the key for your son,particularly during basic,is to follow orders immediately and without the slightest sign of "bad attitude". Otherwise, the drill sergeants will eat him alive.

And it wouldn't be because they just like being mean. It's because it may save his and/or someone else's life one day.

39 posted on 10/17/2012 7:39:56 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Badabing Badablonde

As a MOM of a boy who joined the Navy 5 yrs ago, let me tell you that you will worry the entire time he is in boot camp. Every time you expect a call and don’t get on from him you will be upset. You will sit by the phone all weekend and as soon as you step away, he will call. It will be another 3 wks before he gets to call again.

But there are other worries. Are they treating him well? Is he doing OK? Is he homesick? Has he made friends? I felt like he was entering his first day of school, the first time he left my sight.

Don’t worry too much though. He’s turning into a man in that short amount of time that has just opened up the door to a new direction in life.

Just remember that when you miss him the most to be proud of him more. If you don’t understand the entirety of that statement, you will when you see him at his graduation ceremony.


40 posted on 10/17/2012 7:40:04 PM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: jdsteel

My Son’s Basic Training and OCS companies had face book pages to keep family and friends informed.


41 posted on 10/17/2012 7:40:23 PM PDT by jospehm20
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To: Darteaus94025; traditional1

Might not be a learning issue. Might be a learning style issue. Schools are geared to teaching boys like girls, and some boys can’t learn that way.


42 posted on 10/17/2012 7:40:32 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Badabing Badablonde

If he wants AF he should go for it! I think there are some study guides you can get that will help you with the test.


43 posted on 10/17/2012 7:43:01 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: jospehm20
Same here. Basic, Airborne & straight to RASP for my son! Facebook support groups kept my wife sane.
44 posted on 10/17/2012 7:52:35 PM PDT by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: Badabing Badablonde

Tell him he doesn’t have to date the homo D.I., even if the homo D.I. tells him so.


45 posted on 10/17/2012 7:53:08 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Badabing Badablonde

Good luck to all of you and thank you very much for sharing your story with us!

Thank your son for serving and thank YOU for raising a son that will serve for his country.

He will come home more of a man than when he left and he already is a man if he’s helping with his sister, going to school and working. Please tell him best of luck from NM!


46 posted on 10/17/2012 8:02:16 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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I followed what he was doing the whole time. It is pretty cool they do that now.


47 posted on 10/17/2012 8:05:27 PM PDT by jospehm20
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To: Badabing Badablonde

Sounds like you are talking about my elder son. He drove me and his dying mother nuts. But he did get through college then a 6 year stint in the Navy as a nuke.

You won’t recognize the difference after he becomes a man in the Army. God Bless you and him.


48 posted on 10/17/2012 8:09:36 PM PDT by arrogantsob (The Disaster MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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You have prepared him well and you deserve the praise. He has his own way to make and because of you he’ll do very well.

Don’t be afraid of the Army. I am personally a 22 year Navy vet (cold war. I’m pretty old). But for the past few years I’ve had the honor of working with couple dozen young Army veterans of Iraq and Afganistan and I can tell you that they are some of our finest citizens. Hard working, smart, and solid americans. He’ll be proud to be Army, and you’ll be proud of him...


49 posted on 10/17/2012 8:19:36 PM PDT by Afterguard (Liberals will let you do anything you want, as long as it's mandatory.)
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To: Badabing Badablonde
The military is not for everyone, but your excellent job in raising him is a testament to selfless sacrifice, from you and his willingness to serve is a hallmark to his maturity.

I would recommend that he consider the U.S. Marine Corp, instead of the U.S. Army... Not that the Army is bad, by any means, but the Corps is a option that is not considered by many.

38 years ago I considered all my options and went into the Corps. I have never regretted it, even though I did but 4 years, I transferred into the Navy as a Field Corpsman and was (by choice) sent back to the Marines to be their Doc, (another option that I never regretted), and 16 years later I retired.

So there is always different options open to young folks, always.

Cheers to him & you!

50 posted on 10/17/2012 8:22:16 PM PDT by SERE_DOC ( “The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.” TJ.)
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