June 30, 2009
Posted: 11:48 AM ET
My name is Rachelle Lusardi and I am saluting Staff Sargeant Dustin Clark.
Dustin is serving in Iraq until October. I would like to tell him that I am very proud of him and consider myself the luckiest girl in the world to be his fiance.
His children love him and miss him very much and can't wait for their daddy to come home. I cannot wait for him to come home so that I can marry him and start our lives together.
Dustin proposed to me at the airport when he came home on leave from Iraq this May. We are getting married in November, a month after he gets back.
I just want to tell him we love him and I can't wait to be his wife.
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June 29, 2009
Posted: 01:46 PM ET
I want to salute my husband of seven years, Petty Officer 1st Class Kyle Matthiesen. He is currently an instructor at a Submarine Learning Center here in St. Marys, Georgia but he will be leaving this fall to deploy on the USS Rhode Island, a Trident Subarine.
I am so proud of all his accomplishments but especially his recent Sailor of the Year honor that was presented to him by his command. Not only was he chosen as the top Sailor at Trident Training Facility but also won the designation as the Top Sailor for all the Submarine Learning Centers worldwide for the U.S. Navy.
Despite all the dedication and hard work that he puts into his job, he still finds time to be a wonderful father to our three children, including our newest son who arrived this April! He is a devoted husband and, even after seven years of marriage, my heart still skips a beat every day when I see him walk up the driveway in his uniform.
We have learned after many deployments that one of the benefits of us being separated for months at a time is that our marriage always feels like it is in the "honeymoon phase" whenever he is at home!
Even though we will miss him when he leaves this fall for deployment, we want him to know that we are so proud of what he does and we want to thank him for being such a wonderful husband and father!
–Megan, Conrad, Sophia, and Vincent Matthiesen
P.S. He would be upset if I didn't mention that he is a devoted Cubs/Bears Fan!
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June 26, 2009
Posted: 05:22 PM ET
I would like to salute my husband Spc. Dennis Boney, serving in the Mississippi Army National Guard.
Because he was recently deployed to Iraq, he missed his first father's day with our 9-month-old daughter, Kylee. He left last Wednesday, four days before father’s day. He will also miss her first birthday in September.
Kylee misses him so much. You should just see the way her face lights up by just hearing his voice or seeing his picture.
I want to tell him how very proud we are of him and the sacrifices he has made in service of our country. We love you, baby.
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June 25, 2009
Posted: 11:11 AM ET
My husband Sgt Toree Warmsley has been in the Army for ten years now, he has been everywhere from Thailand to Iraq. He is currently serving as a Recruiter in Dallas, Texas.
Although his job is very demanding I want him to know that his baby Tiana and I love him very much and could not live without him. We want to thank him for his service to us his family and to his country.
– Anna Warmsley
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June 23, 2009
Posted: 11:04 AM ET
My name is Toni Rivera and I am a proud Army Wife. I want to send a salute to my husband SSG Ricardo Rivera, who is currently serving in Iraq.
I want to let him know that I love him with all my heart and could not be more proud of him and all those in his unit. He has been gone from us now 3 weeks and the next 11 months are going to seem like an eternity but, we will make him as proud as he has made us by being a strong military family and taking care of things back home.
Our children adore their Dad and couldn't be blessed with a better father and we want to wish him a Happy Father's Day and want to take this opportunity to let him know that we love him, miss him and have him in our hearts every minute of every day.
WE LOVE YOU, GOD BLESS AND STAY SAFE, MY LOVE.
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June 19, 2009
Posted: 11:48 AM ET
Hi Robin, I am Anna Castillo-Lora and I want to salute my son Specialist Robert Christopher Genaro. US Army, Infantry Soldier. He is returning home after 12 mouths in Afghanistan. Shortly after his 20th birthday he was deployed to Afghanistan. Not knowing if I would ever see him again or the condition he would return home kept me in constant prayer for him and his comrades.
Specialist Robert C. Genaro, now 21 years old, is schedule to arrive at Hood Army post located outside of Killeen, TX in June of 2009, Where he will be greeted by his wife Inna and three-year-old daughter Emily. Due to the short notice arriving schedule I will not be able to be there to welcome my son home.
I am very proud of my son and of his service to our country. At an early age Robert became a father and faces his responsibilities. Shortly after his 18th birthday he enlisted in the US Army and was stationed in Fort Hood, Texas, then he was deployed to Afghanistan for 15 month. While there the deployment was reduced to 12 months.
It has been very hard for all of us this past year but for three-year-old Emily it has been the hardest. Being the apple of her Daddy's eye and not having him around was very confusing and lonely for her. They are a wonderful family and I am proud of them all. SP4 Robert Genaro, USA I salute you for serving your country. Inna and Emily Genaro I thank you for your unconditional love for my Son.
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June 18, 2009
Posted: 10:44 AM ET
In today's Salute to Troops, you can hear the pain in a wife's voice as she talks about how 20 days away from her husband feels like a year.
My name is Tara and this is for my husband SFC Jerry Moore, he is on his third tour in Iraq and I just want him to know how much I love him and miss him.
I know he’s only been gone for 20 days which seems like a year but we'll get through this like we always do. You never leave my thoughts and you're always in my heart. I'm very proud of you.
He takes so much pride in what he does and he's just a terrific person and an out of this world husband. He's my everything.
I Love You Sweetness, Please be Careful.
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June 17, 2009
Posted: 07:47 AM ET
My son is Drill Sgt. Jason J. Thompson. He is a carrier soldier and has been a Marine, 101st Airborne and is now serving as a reservist training troops at Camp Alamo Afghanistan. He has deployed to Iraq twice with the 101st Airborne.
Jason has a wonderful family and his Wife Darrah is a female Drill Sgt. They got pinned on the same day but my they pinned my son first so he say he has had rank longer.
He has a daughter Jacey 11, a son Anderson 8, and son Colton 4. They live with me while he is gone in Superior, Wisconsin. My son and I have a special saying that we tell each other when he leaves on his missions ... I say "take care of my baby and I will take care of yours” and he says, "deal."
Anyone who has had a person in service as a carrier knows it always is harder each time. It never gets easier.
My son loves to hunt and fish and is very competitive at both. When he was home this time we got to go camping and fishing ... he hopes to come home for deer hunting season this year in Wisconsin. It is the same week as Thanksgiving.
His birthday is September 8th. He is the oldest of my children; he is now 30. All of my sons served in the military as well as their father who is a Desert Storm Vet. My son is now a staff sgt., the rank his father achieved before he retired. In our family we still stand for the flag and are proud to serve ... I say we because any family that has a member in the service knows we all go together.
Thank you so very much for doing this it is so important to military families to know others care ...
– Faye Livangood
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June 16, 2009
Posted: 08:45 AM ET
This salute is from Lorraine Horton to her husband SFC Joshua Horton.
SFC Joshua Horton is on his 3rd Iraq deployment in 2005. Josh also has a birthday this month. Happy Birthday sweetheart! We love and miss you and can't wait to see you soon.
He is a hard worker and loves to hang out with 2 month old Charles when he has down time. He has a birthday in June, he will be 31 years old. I want to wish him a happy birthday and Father's Day, we love him and can't wait to see him soon.
My Husband SFC Joshua Horton is my hero. He is a Construction Engineer assigned to the 7th Engineer Battalion (Combat) from FT Drum, New York. He is currently on his 4th deployment to Iraq. He loves to travel and help others out.
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June 3, 2009
Posted: 12:07 PM ET
My name is Sara Madsen, and I am from North Adams, MI. My only son Ryan Huff is serving in the US Navy and is stationed in San Diego. He is on the USS Ronald Reagan and they left last week for Deployment. Ryan really likes the Navy and was excited about this deployment.
As his Mom, it is really hard. I am very proud of Ryan, but I am worried and miss him like crazy at the same time. I am looking forward to his homecoming in late fall, and another trip to San Diego.
My husband SPC Christopher Madsen is serving in the National Guard with the 1463rd transportation Co from Wyoming, Michigan. Christopher is finishing up his tour in Iraq and will be home very soon. I am also very proud of my husband, although it is hard for him to be away from home for so long we know he has a job to do. I am looking forward to him coming home and having his support while my son is gone.
I'm pretty excited that he is coming home right at the beginning of summer and look forward to a great summer.
Thank you to Ryan and Chris and all your fellow servicemen and women.
Your family and loved ones are all so proud, and miss you both.
– Sarah Madsen