LETTERS FROM HOME - JANUARY 2025

by Vicki Gifford

FIRST ORDER CLOSE OFF: END AUGUST

When my son-in-law was deployed to Qatar, my daughter made a paper chain with a link for each day he would be gone. It stretched all the way around the four walls of their living room. She and their two little boys would remove a link each day until daddy came home. It was a difficult time for their little family. I asked her what she thought the most significant thing in the life of a soldier and his/her family was and she immediately said, letters to the ones we love. My Army son wholeheartedly agreed. He stated that the happiest days of training and being deployed were by far the letters from home. It has been 18 years since he came home from Iraq and he still has every letter. Several are included in this line.

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