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I spent my Memorial Day as a guest on the Patt Morrison’s Memorial Day radio talk show on KPCC-FM

Last Thursday I got a phone call from my friend Pat Alivso from  Military Families Speak Out. She informed me that she had forwarded my name and information to staff member of the  Patt Morrison radio program. Patt Morrison’s Memorial day program was addressing challenges military families face, and my friend Pat knew we had a story to tell. The only problem was, I would be traveling home from Lake Havasu on Monday and crossing the desert, and cell phone service is  limited. I was concerned  of the  broadcast time and the phone reception  would not be clear enough for radio broadcasting. I told Pat thank you, but I just couldn’t see how I could be able to call in.

On Saturday I got a call from the Patt Morrison’s program Producer. She shared with me the other guests on the show and the time 1:20 pm for me to call in. She understood that  I would be  traveling and they really wanted to share our story with Patt’s listeners. The time was later than than when my friend told me. At 1:20pm we would be in Indio where the reception would be good. The Producer asked many many questions about our experiences. She then shared with me her vision of a future  forum with a live audience where the audience could ask questions, more interactive and was wondering if I would be interested on being on the forum. Would I, you bet. I love helping those that are now facing what I faced.

On Memorial Day as we were driving home I thought about what questions Patt would ask me and I began to think back about that time of deployment. We arrived in Indio at 1:00 pm. We pulled off the highway and went to a shopping center. I told my husband to park our truck away from any other cars. I was concerned that when I would be speaking the audience would hear additional noise and possible feedback. The weather was mild mid 80”s unusual for this time of the year, but perfect for stopping and stretching our legs. At 1:10 my cellphone rings, it the Patt’s Morrison staff, asking me if I would like to be on hold and hear the conversation Patt was interviewing Tim Kahlor’s father was discussing with Patt his son’s injuries. This father has made our government aware of  his son’ injures during the war,  improper body protect guard and the challenges of medical assistance. It was very interesting. And I realized how fortunate our family is.

Then at little past 1:20 Patt introduces me, sharing the challenges we faced being a grandparent raising our grandchildren, trying to keep the children connected to their mother and the difficulties I faced when the children returned back to their home. Patt’s experience as a reporter for LA Times, Winner of 6 Emmy’s, Golden Mick and received a Pulitzer, she made me feel welcomed and as if I was speaking to a friend. It was a wonderful experience. Before I knew my time was up. It was such a pleasure being on her show. I am really looking forward to the future forum.

How did you spend your Memorial Day?

“Interview with Patt Morrison, 89.3 KPCC-FM | 89.1 KUOR-FM | 90.3 KPCV-FM, Southern California Public Radio”


We are in the May 23 issue of Woman’s World magazine!



I usually walk every morning for 45 minutes around our neighborhood. On May 17  I briskly walked to the Von’s supermarket to purchase a copy of Woman’s World magazine. I was informed by the staff of the  magazine that my story was featured in the May 23 issues and it would hit the news stand that day. As I was walking I was was trying to recall the questions the reporter, Kathy Fitzpatrick asked me this past February. We chatted about many events of my past.

I arrived at 6:30 and went to the magazine stand, but the magazine issue was for May 16. I asked the grocery checker if they had received the May 23 issue and she said the magazine gal had not yet arrived. I explained that I had been  interviewed by Woman’s World magazine, and they had published my story in the May 23 issue. She then asked me what did they write about. I then explained my story of being a parent to my granddaughters while our daughter deployed to Afghanistan. She looked at me and then said “I never thought about how  single military parents would do with their children when deployed. “ Wow, that’s something to think about.”

I think most people aren’t aware of what military single parents have to go through.

I then walked  back home. I waited until later that evening to walk back to the market.  After Alan an I  ate dinner, we then walked to the market.

As soon as we arrived at the store we booth went to the the magazine rack display near the check out stand. We each picked up our own magazine. I flipped through the pages so quickly until I found our article, and on page 23  Homefront Heros section ,the title of the story-  A Grandma’s call to duty.  The picture of Alan and I with an additional picture of Ivie, Erin and Bailey. I read through  the article in the store, hoping the story would stay true to our experiences. The article touched on all the things I shared with the reporter. I was so pleased with our story. The reporter expressed how we felt during that time of deployment, along with our goal of staying positive.

It’s strange reading about  your past experiences. It’s all most as is if it’s not really you, but it did happen to us.

I hope our story will bring awareness to all those families supporting their military loved one during deployment.

THANK YOU WOMANS WORLD of publishing our story!