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Love & Honor: Saluting military families

Nov. 8, 2012 - 09:54AM   |   Last Updated: Nov. 8, 2012 - 09:54AM  |  
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"Since our nation's earliest days, courageous men and women of all backgrounds and beliefs have banded together to fight for the freedoms we cherish. Behind each of them stands a parent, a sibling, a child, a spouse — proud family members who share the weight of deployment and make profound sacrifices on behalf of our country. During Military Family Month, we honor our military families and recommit to showing them the fullest care and respect of a grateful nation."

— President Obama, proclaiming November 2012 Military Family Month

From the editors

A year ago, when we conceived our first-ever Military Times Family Essay Contest, we weren't quite sure what we'd get. We never dreamed we would receive as many unique and inspiring tributes to military service as we're able to share in this issue.

From young Lucy Sonsalla's practical advice to military kids on the move to Marine mom Denise Wilson's words of encouragement to families enduring a loss, we're sure you'll see elements of your experience reflected in these pages.

To all of you who participated — and to the wives of the service chiefs who answered our request that they share their accumulated wisdom — we extend our sincere thanks and appreciation.

The essays

We weren't able to print full essays in this week's "Love and Honor" special section. Click on the links below to read full essays.

Chiefs' wives

• Bonnie Amos, wife of Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Jim Amos

• Patricia Grass, wife of Gen. Frank Grass, chief of the National Guard Bureau

• Darleen Greenert, wife of Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert

• Linda Odierno, wife of Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno

• Linda Papp, wife of Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp

• Betty Welsh, wife of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III

Essay contestants

• Lucy Sonsalla, Army daughter

• Carolyn Bannon, Navy wife

• Eden Tracy, Army daughter

• Christin Barton, Navy daughter

• Tiffany M. Colon, Marine wife

• Staff Sgt. Theresa Allen, Air Force

• Erik Berling, Air National Guard son

• Olivia KaChenChai, Navy daughter

• Kimberly Ann Lokahi Milar, Army daughter

• Samantha Schilling, Army daughter

• Isabelle Schilling, Army daughter

• Nicole Goetz, Air Force daughter

• Thomas Mangan, Army retiree

• Maureen Elizabeth Donais, Delaware National Guard

• Matthew Elijah Leary, Air Force son

• Brianna Leary, Air Force daughter

• Alexis Craig, Navy daughter

• Joy Knight, Army daughter

• John William Kincer, Navy veteran

• Anela Gomez, Air Force daughter

• Rylee Hammar, Army daughter

• Ladd Anderson, Army brother

• Paige Anita Alek-Finkelman, Navy daughter

• Adriana Hardy, Army daughter

• Denise Joanne Wilson, Gold Star Marine mom

• 1st Lt. Brian J. Martin, Army

• Isabel Rubiano, Army daughter

• Connor Knowles, Air Force son

• Katherine Mannix, Air Force daughter

• Gina Panettiere, Marine sister

• Spc. Brian Widener, Army

• Ella Urosevich, Army daughter

• Rebecca Russell, Navy daughter

• Tehya Woods, Army daughter

• Joshua Pedroza, Army son

• Anna Liba, Army daughter

• Corina M. Avila, Marine Corps veteran

• Larissa Luthge, Navy daughter

• Jo-Anne Propokopowicz Sears, Army daughter and wife of Air Force retiree

• Bo Korpman, Air Force ROTC cadet

• Dilon Tolbert, Marine son

• Jamie K. Wilson, Army civilian and wife

• Robyn Camaiani, Marine sister

• Antonio AB Mataban, Air Force retiree

• Makenzie Pickens, Army daughter

• Hannah DelVecchio, Air Force daughter

• Emily Swartzer, Air Force daughter

• Reagan Swartzer, Air Force daughter

• Jake Teeny, Navy brother

• Brian A. Russell, Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 2nd Class

• 2nd Lt. Charles Nadd, Army

• Senior Airman Annie Pratte, Air Force

• Amy Stroud, Army wife

• Sarah Moll, Marine sister

• Bonnie Bartel Latino, wife of Air Force retiree

• Christopher Storey, Marine retiree

• Phyllis Zimbler Miller, former Army wife

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