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Veteran’s Day Thank You’s

Since it is Veteran’s Day tomorrow I want to tell you about my daughter. She joined the Air Force straight out of high school and has been in nine years now.
After high school graduation she decided college wasn’t her thing. We live in a small town and there isn’t much to do, so she went and talked to some recruiters and eventually decided the Air Force was the branch for her.
On September 11, 2001, she was down in Albany, NY bright and early for her physical and swearing in. Well, we all know what happened on September 11th. Since Albany is the capital of NY, they shut down all state buildings and she was sent home, unable to finish the physical, swearing in and signing on the dotted line.
Three days later her recruiter called her and asked if she wanted to reschedule. She responded that yes, of course she did. He asked if she was sure and explained the certainty of consequence the attacks on 9/11 had for the US Military.
She told him that while she was an eighteen year old female, she wasn’t stupid. She did realize that you cannot attack Americans on our own soil and not expect some backlash. She knew the likely-hood of going to war was an almost absolute. And YES she still wanted to join the Air Force and Yes she would fight for our freedom along with everyone else.
Turns out she was deployed to Saudi Arabia when the U.S. declared war. Since then she has been deployed to Iraq twice and Afghanistan once and is due to go back to Afghanistan in March.
The deployments are hard on her (especially since she leaves behind her five year old son with us) and the re-acclimation even harder, but her commitment to the Air Force, the United States and it’s freedom still remains strong.
So anyway, I just wanted to thank her, and every other service member, past, present and future for their dedication and service.

Renee’s Christmas Tree last year in Afghanistan
Notice the pink duct tape on her gun.


Debbie Gould


10 responses

  1. Awww, that pic of her kissing her boy. 😥

    Thank you, Renee.


    November 10, 2010 at 5:15

  2. debbiegould

    I know, that day was a killer. But, every time we have to pick him up and take him away from her is so hard. I’m happy for us, but so sad for her, and he just sees it as his routine. He tells everyone he has two homes, one in Florida and one in Vermont.
    Thanks, Sarah!

    November 10, 2010 at 5:15

  3. I’m proud of her, Debbie. I know how proud you must be as well.

    I’ll be thinking about her this Veteran’s Day, and you and her little boy.

    Thanks for sharing her with us.

    November 10, 2010 at 5:15

  4. debbiegould

    Thanks, Carol!

    November 10, 2010 at 5:15

  5. Takes a special person to do what Renee does, Debbie. I hold so much respect for our military, especially your daughter. I know you’re proud,and Jadin is one courageous little boy to watch her go. Hopefully someday soon, we’ll have all our soldiers back home with their families where they belong.

    November 10, 2010 at 5:15

  6. debbiegould

    I keep praying for that day. Thanks, Lisa!

    November 10, 2010 at 5:15

  7. You made me cry, Deb.

    Thank you, Renee, for your dedication and strength. You’re a great Mom, a great soldier, and you have a very proud Mama. And all of Mama’s friends are proud of you too.

    November 10, 2010 at 5:15

  8. debbiegould

    Awwww, didn’t mean to make you cry. Thank you so much, Tess!

    November 10, 2010 at 5:15

  9. I remember most of those photos! Please tell Renee thank you from me and my family!

    November 11, 2010 at 5:15

  10. debbiegould

    Thanks, Lex! I will.

    November 15, 2010 at 5:15

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