GREENWAY MILITARY FAMILIES
War can be a part of life, and our country has seen its fair share. Every day people risk their lives so others can live in a free and safe country. We must remember that these brave people have families, and some of these family members go to Greenway.
Sophomore Christina Tee has a brother who serves in the military. He is ranked Petty Officer 2nd Class and is an engineer for the Navy. Tee’s brother has been serving for just under four years now.
“I really miss him,” Tee said. She also said that since he has left, his responsibilities have been left in her hands. He had also requested that she cared for her sister and parents while he was away, which caused added pressure. Tee said that her parents were not supportive at first, but now they encourage his desire to help the country. Tee has many stories from her brother, including some funny ones about idiotic things he has seen people do while training. He is still an active member of the Navy today.
Sophomore Krisanda Williams had a cousin who served as a nurse for the military for two years. Williams’ cousin had a great impact on her showing her that a girl can fight for our country just as well as a man.
She said that her cousin died trying to save an injured soldier on the battlefield. While her cousin never told stories to Williams, she did give her some her some words of advice. She told her that if she wanted something to go for it and that people will try to stop her from reaching the goal, but you had to let it pass through you and persevere. Williams said she tries to remember her cousin’s words and persevere.
Sophomore Benicio Morales has an Uncle who served in the military. His uncle served in the army for 6 years. “He was doing what he loved,” said Morales. It did not affect his family much, only shifting from him being around constantly to not much at all. His brother also serves in the army as a forward observer and is still serving. Other than missing his brother, Morales has not been majorly affected by his brother’s job.
Sophomore Daisy Caro’s has an uncle who served in the military. He was in the Air Force as a pilot for five years before switching to train new pilots for three years. Caro said, “He is my role model and the type of person I aspire to be.” She also said that his wife and daughter lived on the training base with him but other than that they did not have to move with him.
His role as a pilot put stress on her family but overall they supported him and just wanted him to be safe. The only story she remembers is from his last year as a pilot trainer. There was a kid who didn’t take the position seriously, so when it was time to actually get onto a plane he nearly crashed into another training plane and was removed from the program. He told her to take anything she does seriously and pay attention because she may not be the only one affected by her actions.
Sophomore Cheyanne Vankilsdonk had a great-grandfather serve in World War 2 as a lieutenant in the army. “He was an inspiration to me,” said Vankilsdonk. Her great-grandfather liked his position, but his service caused her family a lot of stress. Vankilsdonk said that he once told her about a time when he was with a friend in the mess hall and another guy was spouting out nonsense. Her great-grandfather couldn’t take it anymore, so he walked over and punched him in the face. He told her that it wasn’t the right way to deal with the situation, but warned that she should never resort to violence or throw the first punch.
Everyone who serves in the military no matter the position does a great service to our country and deserves to be recognized. Those who serve in the military risk their lives each day causing their families to worry, but also become proud.