Hello my name is john Nappi. I am 32 years old and live in Portland, Maine. I served 4 years in the Army and was assigned to 2-508 PIR 4 BCT 82nd Airborne Division. As soon as I graduated basic trainining, AIT, and Airborne School, I was deployed to Aghanistan within 2 months. Being an Infantryman, my first deployment wasnt easy I had some of the best times of my life as well as some of the worst. I was deployed for a little under a year to the Arghandab River Valley, Kandahar Province. We all re-deployed back to the states and immediately starting training for another deployment. We deployed again to Kandahar Province. I want to thank all of those who donate as well as those who support Veterans and all military.
First and foremost, thank you for your support and contribution. As a mother of two boys, JohnMichael and Scott, both of which have been deployed twice, it never gets easier. I always wait for my phone to ring to hear their voice on the other end and to let them know I love them and how very proud I am to be their mother.
My son JohnMichael served four years and two tours to Afghanistan, not a day went by that I did not think of him. I sent packages each month with cards letting him know we were proud of him and was waiting for his safe return. He came home to us each time in one piece and finally home for good.
My son Scott is active military and currently deployed but coming home in a few weeks, he has been deployed for seven months. I am beyond excitment to see him and just being able to put my arms around him.
There are no words to describe the feeling of driving home and praying there was not a tan colored car in my driveway. Thankfully, both of my boys made it home. JohnMichael has seen and done things that we cannot even imagine and each day I hear his voice I think to myself he's alive and home. My son Scott is currently stationed in California and will be state side in a few weeks. He has gone to places, one will never go. I cannot be any more proud of him.
There have been and still are many tears that I shed knowing that I have one son home and one still serving. It is an honor to be their mother and I doing this event not only because they are my sons and being military but to honor the men and women that did not make it home and to give my support to the Veterans that did make it home. It will be a day to remember!