Students worry for family members serving in military

 

By Matthew Wettig

 

For students with relatives in the military, everyday life can suddenly become much more difficult.

Having relatives in the military can be a very stressful thing, and for some students, their relatives military service can shape their views and opinions on many topics regarding cultural and social issues.

Marissa Macias, Div. 458, is the daughter of Anthony Macias, who has formerly served in the Navy.  Although he did not actively participate in fighting, he spent most of his time patrolling borders in Thailand and the Middle East.

Macias said that although she believes being in the military never changed her father, it did change her outlook on military service.

“My dad being a part of the military makes me respect soldiers and all people who have served, regardless if I support the war or not,” Macias said.

Angela Crespo, Div. 453, is the younger sister of army veteran Jackie Crespo.

Crespo served in Afghanistan, until she was honorably discharged when she was discovered to have a heart condition.

Crespo said her sister wanted to go back after her medical trouble was resolved, but got stuck working a desk job because of her medical history. Crespo believes all soldiers should be brought home, and her sister being in the army does not change that.

“Sometimes I watch these political shows on Sunday mornings, and they release the names and ages of soldiers recently killed.  It’s always sad to know it could’ve been my sister,” Crespo said.

“I missed her a lot, and knew she could get hurt, but I know she didn’t want me to worry about her,”  Crespo said.

For Aviv Hart, Div. 561, the thought of his cousin being in the military isn’t one of the past, it’s one of the present. His cousin, Hashani Moore, has been in military training for the past year, and may be moved overseas sometime soon.

“I’m scared if he gets sent to Iraq because he has a pregnant wife, and I wouldn’t want to put her through that fear [of having him in combat],” Hart said.

Hart has always been against the war, so his cousin’s being in the military has not shaped his outlook on the subject. He does not think that if his cousin is sent overseas his outlook would change.

Cydni Heidemann, Div. 453, knows firsthand the effects of taking up responsibility when someone is away in the military.

Heidemann’s cousin, Lance, served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and is currently stationed in Japan.

“It’s scary, but he’s going to do what he’s going to do,” Heidemann said, “I just hope he’s going to be alright.”

“Hearing about deaths of soldiers always freaked me out, I always wanted to call his wife just to make sure he was alright,” Heidemann said.

Heidemann also said that when Lance was actively serving in combat, the thought of his safety was always there.

“It wasn’t in the back, or the front of my mind, it was just always there, I was constantly thinking about it,”  she said.

Lance’s wife and two young daughters would always confide in Heidemann and her family.

“Whenever I would see them [his daughters] they would always tell me how scared they were, and how they wanted their dad. I wouldn’t know what to say. I felt bad that the girls didn’t have their dad there,” Heidemann said.

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