As you may or may not know, my mother works for the Red Cross—part of the Armed Forces Emergency Services. In short, this means that when there’s an emergency back home, the local Red Cross reaches out to Red Cross workers deployed wherever troops are stationed. Those deployed Red Cross folks then work with their military supervisors to locate the soldiers needed back home, and work to extract them.
This year, just in time for Mother’s Day, my mom is deployed with military troops in Afghanistan.
Susanne in Baghdad, Iraq 2007
My mom has worked for the Red Cross for almost ten years now. She’s been stationed in Germany, South Korea and Colorado, and deployed to Iraq. She’s been active in military matters for longer than that—an Army brat from birth and then deeply enmeshed in activism and awareness for Vietnam Vets and POW/MIAs.
Susanne, Ted and a DC Cop at Rolling Thunder
It was because of her that I began volunteer work with The Last Firebase and Friends of the Vietnam Vets when I was very young, and continued that work until I was 16.
Susanne at the Wall, 2007
My mom is an avid photographer, and takes lots of photos wherever she goes—she’s always been the face behind the camera. Through her work with the Red Cross, she has become an advocate for the Wounded Warrior Project. She never stops. She never gives up.
Mike and Sammy, location uncredited (geez, mom)
Because my mom is stuck in the desert, because it’s Afghanistan, and because the internet can be spotty in any kind of conflict zone, there’s no guarantee that any of us kids will be able to reach her. Instead, I was hoping that you would help me with a special project.
Operation Karina’s Mom is Awesome
Susanne at her Hospice Job, 1991 (the glasses!)
Since my mom can’t be reached easily, I wanted to give her a blog post that she could pull up whenever the internet is up. That’s where you come in.
Leave a comment for my mom right here on this post, under Reply, to be revealed on Mother’s Day. Let her know that her endless energy, effort and dedication is important—that she may be in the middle of nowhere, Afghanistan, but isn’t forgotten. Whatever you want to say, however you want to say it! Help me make my mom’s Mother’s Day special, and I will love you forever.
Susanne with Dirty Dan, 2012
Will you help let my mom know that she’s awesome?