The Standard Question Is “Where Do We Find Such Men And Women?”


When we should also ask, “Where do we find such families?”

When Abby and the kids got to the base, Staff Sgt. Bennethum unbelted Paige and lifted her out of the car. Almost immediately his commanding officer ordered the soldiers to fall in.

“Gotta go,” Staff Sgt. Bennethum said as he joined his fellow soldiers in formation.

What he didn’t realize was that Paige was hot on his heels.

When he got into formation, Paige grabbed onto his right hand and wouldn’t let go.

“I called to her a couple of times, but she wouldn’t budge,” Abby said. “I don’t know if the officers didn’t see her because they were in the back row, or they simply didn’t say anything about her being there.”

“She just wouldn’t let go of him,” she said.

I’d like to think Staff Sgt. Bennethum’s commanding officer saw Paige and decided that her being there was just fine.

It takes a special kind of person to be a military spouse. And perhaps an even more special kind of child to be the son or daughter of a warrior.  And let’s not forget the special kind of parent it takes to send their greatest treasures off to defend our country. God Bless them all.

Hat-tip to Don Surber.



  1. Dang Tro… this is such a simple observation yet it is also dramatically powerful. At least from my field of observation.

    Thanks for posting it.

    • And, you know, I apologize for not including the Moms and Dads of our warriors. Talk about a dumb ass moment on my part. God Bless your sacrifice.

      • Tro there are so many “layers” to this you couldn’t possibly list them all. No harm. At times I am sort of thankful that baby Buddy’s son was only three months old when he was KIA. Then I think, “That’s screwed up. How can you think that.” Still…

        Thanks again for posting this!

  2. I second your opinion on our families of warriors both English and American…God bless and protect them all.

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