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on Aug 8, 2011

TJ from Columbus, OH says: First of all I want to say that I really love you and the show! Well here it goes: My one and only child (son) has decided to join the army. I am so shocked! It came as such a surprise and now all I do is cry. My whole life has revolved around him, and it is like a piece of my heart is torn out. I really don't know what I am going to do. I am very grateful for the men and women that fight for our country, but I don't want my son to be one of them. I honestly don't know how I am going to handle this. Any thoughts or advice?

Caroline says: I commend all the service men and women who serve to protect our country, but we often forget about the families and friends they leave behind.

Joining the military takes courage and character, be proud of your son and support him in his decision. Don't let him leave with a heavy heart, show him how proud you are of him. It's probably going to be the hardest moment of your life, but you have to put your best mom face on and send him off with love and a smile. (A teary smile is fine.)

Throw yourself into something positive; there are numerous organizations throughout the country that support our troops. Here's an example: 

Support Our Troops - An index of US Military Support Web Sites

Get involved, by doing so you will feel connected to your son and you'll meet people in the same position as you are. It helps to talk to someone who understands your concerns and feels your pain. 

Good luck to you and God bless your son and all those who serve to protect our country. xoxo

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