This was truely one of the best experience we have ever had if it wasn't for the help of all the USCG moms and donations we probably wouldn't have been able to make it to graduation but with lots of prayers and hope we did! I got to finally see my new COAST GUARDSMAN and how much he has changed over the past 8 weeks I was in tears no words could ever say how grateful and happy and proud I am. Every mom should truly experience this and with all your support another mom can make it to see her son or daughter graduate and know how wonderful this journey of worries and fears and sadness and happiness was and now we are off to start another journey in Alaska! Thank you moms in need you all have given me the greatest gift of all by sending me and my family to Cape May
The trip to Cape May was quite an adventure! I flew out at 6:15 AM Portland, Oregon time and arrived in Philadelphia about 5:00. I got to the hotel that was provided by the mom in need fund it was very nice and clean hotel and they recommended a delicious dinner only one block away and gave me a token for a free drink.
The next morning I woke early and walked on the Wildwood Board Walk. Later I arrived at a toll bridge with no change, they would not accept a credit card. The guy on the toll bridge gave me a free pass! The Coast Guard greeted me at the gates and checked my ID and name of my son. I was then guided each step of the way with a Graduation program and directions to parking. A cart picked us up from the parking lot and delivered us to Breakfast at the Hall. After breakfast, we went to see a boot camp film that was quite informative and entertaining. We also received a pep talk on how to be a lifeline for our Coasties. Then on to a very proper graduation. At 2:00 we drove back to Philly made it down to Geno's and had a famous Philly Cheesesteak sandwich, returned the rental car, and caught my 7 PM flight to Denver and then changed planes and back to Portland. I had never experienced this before. It was a lovely time and I will never forget the help of your group. May God bless you and your endeavors.
Stories from our moms.