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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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