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According to the website, “Helping Hands For Freedom,” over two million children have a parent who is in the military. Over 48,000 have a parent that has been wounded or killed during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.
Imagine two close knit families. The children said goodbye to one of the most important people in their lives, their dads as they departed for deployment, destination: the combat zone. They worried they may be injured or worse.
Later, they learn their dad is coming home unexpectedly, but it’s far from a time to celebrate. Their parent, the person they love, admire and look to for strength and support, is now in need of both. He is fighting for his life.
The children’s lives are suddenly turned upside down, never to be the same.
In this episode, we will meet the youngsters of two families that are willing to share their stories of patriotism, sacrifice, loyalty and bravery as they openly share what life is like for the families of a wounded parent.
Jordan Saffron’s dad, SSGT Terry Saffron, was wounded in Bagdad, Iraq on May 5, 2004 when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded, killing two soldiers and causing critical injuries to their dad. Her Mom, Colleen Saffron has also faced her own battles.
Sheldon and Bailey Hale are the oldest siblings of four children. Their father, SSGT Aaron Hale, also suffered catastrophic injuries during an IED explosion. Complicating things further, their mom, Kelly Hale was then diagnosed with cancer.
November is National Military Family Appreciation Month, and it's also Warrior Care Month. Join us as we talk with Sheldon, Bailey, and Jordan, and gain a candid view of family strength, resiliency and hope through their eyes.