Since I’ve started this blog I’ve been very open about how I feel about my fathers absence in the last 5 months. For this post I thought I’d ask someone who was raised in the same house, the same way, and is dealing with similar emotions for the same person. My brother, Nick, agreed to sit for an interview to speak on the situation from a much different vantage point. Though the answers are what you’d expect, they mean much more giving that emotions don’t flow as freely from this Turdo.
On Thursday October 10, I attended a support group in Blackwood, NJ for family members with loved ones away, veterans, and supporters. When I walked into the American Legion Stetser-Lamartine Post 281 in Blackwood, NJ, I had no idea what I was about to encounter.
The Military Support Group of NJ is an organization that is ran by Rowan Alumn Karen Jennings, a Marine Mom that withstood the heartache of her son serving 3 times overseas with little communication each time. She felt alone, and knew there were others that felt the same. She decided to pour her heart and soul into the organization, making it what it is today.
Upon her arrival, Karen was bombarded with gift baskets, packaged goods, canned food, and toiletries all to be organized and sent off to their respective bases to go out to the men who need them the most. “When you’re in the middle east a pop tart can taste like a steak”, I listened as Karen explained to me the methods and decision making behind care packages. My favorite tip: never mix toiletries and food. No one wants deodorant flavored mashed potatoes.
Items being organized for care packages.
I highly encourage anyone in the area that is struggling or just interested in helping or meeting people with similar interests to attend the meetings and introduce yourself to these welcoming, wonderful people.