Saturday June 11 I have been invited to display my materials at the Military Family Day sponsored by the Orange County Red Cross. I am looking forward to this event addressing all needs for the families. Come see me if you are attending this event.
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”
This is a very exciting time for my granddaughters,Ivie and Bailey, and myself. We completed writing their book- Deployed Kids and now we have a new website www.deployedkids.com for military children.
After my granddaughter’s, completed their book -Deployed Kids, we talked about how we could further help support military kids. We felt what was needed was a website for military kids to connect with other military kids, like themselves. This enables my granddaughters to share with their peers, how they handle having parents in the military. Military kids face many challenges- a military lifestyle, parents deploying and frequent household moves. Children experiencing their parents’ deployment face the loss of a parent’s personal involvement of their daily routine. Even though these military children’s parents are absent from their children’s daily routine, most children are extremely proud of their parents.
Deployed Kids website will have blog posts of Ivie and Bailey sharing their thoughts of what they have learned having their parents in the military. How they cope with their parents past and future deployments. They will include how they presently do not live on a military base, their after school activities,their plans for summer and personal tips of keeping positive outlook, even when you are dealing with a parent’s deployment. They want other military kids to know how special they are. They too, are serving our Country!
These Kids are the Force behind our Force.