I've spoken with some Gold Star moms whose fallen heroes were in other branches of the military and they never have heard from any of the guys in their son/daughter's unit. I'm so sorry for them for not having that connection like we do.
There is truly nothing like the brotherhood I have seen in my son's unit. They genuinely love him and they love me and my family.
It's not only the guys from the USMC that continue to check on us and love Chad just as much. His high school buddies love him and miss him so much as well and I see it every day. They too with either reach out to us or send a picture of their children just to brighten our day.
None of these young men and women have to do this, they want to do this. They do not do it out of duty or obligation either. You can tell they truly do love us and miss Chad like we do.
I want to honor them today as I weep for my son, I have tears of joy for knowing these guys will forever be a part of our family. There is more comfort and peace we get from that than words could truly express.
Thank you to all the "Nuts & Nutetts and our bonus boys from the USMC, Across the street Justin, Brandon, and the families of these amazing young men and women for raising amazing kids to be the thoughtful and caring young adults they are today. You did good!
As we face the two year mark of Chad leaving this earthly world please know that each and everyone of you make him and us proud by going on with your lives and honoring Chad by keeping us close to your hearts and most importantly for loving and remembering Chad always. We love you for that!
|Probably having way too much fun|
|Brothers to the end|
|4th of July in Iraq with RoRo|
|Seth and Chad|
|Some of our adopted sons (honoring Chad's Mt. Dew t-shirt)|
|Rob and Abby|
|Zach & Chad|
|Both Desi & Tyler and Emily & Clint honored Chad at their weddings (so grateful)|
|Getting ready to load the bus at Camp Pendleton heading to Afghanistan|
|One Booher sporting his t-shirt Reed had made|
|These guys continue to show up and honor Chad... We love ya'll!|
|Spratt and Zach once again, honoring Chad|
|I'm sure they were behaving... Chad, Spratt, & Seth in Cali|
|I think he thinks he is too cool for school. :)|
|Oh no, if Chad is dancing, he is feeling pretty good... :)|
|Some of the "Nuts" honoring their buddy... Love you guys|