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Bio for Fostoria Pierson, PhD:
Human Services. President of Blue Star Mothers of Charlotte NC-15 Chapter; Certified Care & Counsel for Combat Trauma for Military Ministry; Certified Member of the American Association of Christian Counselors; American Red Cross Case Manager Volunteer for Services for Armed Forces and Founder of Grandmaz Hands 501©3 (No Homeless Veteran Initiative).
Born in Greenville SC. Was married for 26 yrs. Mother of 3. 2 Sons and 1 daughter, I have 3 beautiful grandchildren. I’m a member of Blue Star Mother's organization in Charlotte NC. January 8, 2018 we lost our wonderful 24 year old son Specialist Javion Sullivan in Iraq. He is married to Rayven Sullivan and has a 4 yr old daughter Allie. He was our quiet storm. Wonderful young man that was adamant about serving his country. It was his calling and he stepped up with much pride. His father Willis Sullivan and myself have vowed to continue to serve in his honor and to keep his legacy alive. .We are now a Gold Star Family.
Bio for KEITH BRANN
Son of a USMC Korean War veteran. Stepson of a Korean War navy corpsman. Both of my uncles were USMC Korea veterans. Grandfather was a merchant marine officer dodging u-boats in WWII and a US Navy seaman on a destroyer in WWI. My son is a currently active duty LCPL in the USMC, preparing for his second overseas assignment later this year. I enlisted in the USMC in 1978 but failed the physical due to eyesight, and my selective service classification was changed to 3P. The Navy supply corps turned me down in 1986 for the same reason despite having 3 college bachelor degrees. Firm believer in the quote "decisions are made by those who show up".
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