April 28, 2009
Posted: 12:34 PM ET
Today, we aired an emotional salute from a mother to her daughter. Watch the video below for Nikki Turner's moving salute to her daughter Ashley Regan. Read Nikki's words to her daughter below.
"As any other mother who has children serving our country overseas, we tend to worry and wait in anticipation for a phone call, or any type of communication so I can say “Hello Honey” and at least know they are all right for that moment.
Unfortunately, a phone call is a difficult thing for us. Her stepfather and I are both deaf. We do hear some with the amazing Cochlear Implant, however, when Ashley does get that rare opportunity to call ... my not-so-great hearing gets in the way and I can't understand her well enough to carry on a conversation and connect. I know this saddens her greatly! She was 14 years old when I lost my hearing and she was such an inspiration to me during a very difficult time in my own life. Today she is an individual who inspires every person who crosses her path; both comrades and patients alike. Ashley has this beautiful smile and personality that just lights up any room.
What better way to honor her than to “shout out” on Salute the Troops … WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU ASHLEY AND CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR YOUR VOICE AGAIN IN PERSON. IN THE MEANTIME ... BE GOOD AND DO GOOD. STAY SAFE, WE LOVE AND MISS YOU DEARLY!"
- Mom, Mark, Lily and the entire family. God Bless all our troops!
April 21, 2009
Posted: 10:50 AM ET
Hi my name is Kimberly Thorman and these are a few pictures of my husband who currently in Iraq, He has been there since January 7th , and this is Erin's 3rd time overseas. I just wanted to show my support to my husband and to all of the other men and woman over there fighting for us. Thanks to all of you !! I love you Erin and I am so proud of you I miss you and can't wait till I get to see you again.
– Kimberly Thorman – Fort Sill, Oklahoma
April 14, 2009
Posted: 10:32 AM ET
Amn Gregory Jenne is stationed at Altus AFB in Oklahoma. He is with the security forces and was deployed to Balad, Iraq Dec, 2008.
Greg is always ready to help people. His nickname is smiles because he always is smiling. His family and friends from his hometown of Gouverneur, New York, are anxious to come home in July. His family and friends are so proud of him and call him their hero.
From Kelly Jenne, Greg's mom
Posted: 10:24 AM ET
Hi. my name is Kristy Miranda. I'd like to salute my husband, SFC Miranda. He's currently serving his second tour in Afghanistan. He's been gone since late December and we're expecting R&R in July!! This is the second tour of our marriage and of our 3 year old's life. As hard and scary as it is to have him gone ... I couldn't ask for a better life. I just want to tell him how proud we are of him and how proud I am to be his wife.
Thank you baby for being who you are and thank you so, so much for being OUR hero!! We love you. Keep your head down baby and get home safe to us.
April 9, 2009
Posted: 07:01 AM ET
I would love to salute my son LCpl Ryan Willibey. Stationed with the 1/3 Marines out of Kaneohe Bay, Hawai'i. This "Lava Dog" fortunately, with his unit just returned from a tour in Iraq on 3/2/09. While there did an amazing job protecting our freedoms, as well as supporting the missions there. Can't wait for 4/1 to see him walk off that plane here on the East Coast. We love you Ryan, and are so proud of the man you are in and out of uniform. Welcome home Marine. Job Well Done.
Momma, Dad, Daniel, Kaitlyn & Emilee
April 7, 2009
Posted: 01:05 PM ET
My brother, Cpl. Mark Federspiel, USMC. is currently stationed in Rawa, Iraq and will hopefully be coming home in October after 14 months.
Ever since he was a kid, he knew he wanted to be a Marine. Me, being the older brother, never believed it and of course would squabble with him at every chance. But, he stayed focused and through many hardships and sacrifice, he graduated from boot camp in San Diego and has truly shown that he is one of the few, the proud.
He is planning on getting married once he gets back to the states and enrolling in college. We have a very large family and everyone is extremely proud of his service, strength, and honor.
God Bless all of America's Armed Forces and Thank You to our extraordinary troops!
– Paul Federspiel
April 6, 2009
Posted: 09:23 AM ET
My brother is a C-17 pilot Major Sergio Anaya at the McChord Air Force base in Seattle, WA. My family and I are very proud of him because he has always aimed for the stars. My mom is American and my dad is Mexican, we grew up in Mexico most of our life and when my brother had to go to High School in El Paso, TX it was a true challenge for him to adapt to the culture and the language. But that did not stop him from making his dreams come true of being a pilot. He applied and was selected to enter the Air Force Academy and graduated in 1999. After several years he also graduated from the Weapons Commander Instructors Course and was selected twice as Officer of the year.
He has come a long way, but he still is very humble and proud of his roots. He is always down to earth and it is amazing how simple things make him happy. How he enjoys playing with his dog or spending an evening with the family watching Boxing with a bowl of popcorn.
One of the things I admire about him is that no matter how busy he is, he always makes time to help others in need, or with Special Capabilities like volunteering in the Special Olympics.
What I miss the most of my brother is being able to see him every weekend and being able to hug him and tell him I love him. We have a special brother-sister greeting in Spanish "Beso, Baso, Beso" which translates into Kiss, Hug, Kiss.