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Maria’s Story

Published on September 12, 2011

Building Bridges received a handwritten letter from an alumni of the program.  She and three siblings have been impacted significantly in the last four years.  Maria is now serving in Alaska.  She is jumping out of perfectly good airplanes.  She graduated from parachute training in Georgia before being stationed in Alaska.  She expects to be deployed to Afghanistan in January 2012. 

Maria’s sister, who was also a client at Building Bridges, is currently serving as a military policeman in Afghanistan. The story of a Building Bridges Group Home graduate will be up next. Here’s Maria’s letter: 

Dear Building Bridges,
 I miss everyone!!  Things here in training are going really good. I’m one of the best in-shape females in my company. We recently had a PECS course which was basically an obstacle course.  Out of all the platoons they chose one female and one male to represent their platoon. I was chosen.  I am a part of the 1st Platoon Nightstalkers of the Bravo Bulldogs company.  There were three other females I competed with and I won.  I felt like the hero in a movie.  LOL  I won us extra phone time!! Yay!

Yesterday we trained for grenades and other ordinances which was cool cause you can’t do that everyday.  Today we went to the gun range so I can zero off my M-16 rifle.  I finally did.  I love being in the Army so far.  “What other job can you get that will play you to blow up stuff, kill stuff and a lot of other cool guy stuff without getting in trouble because it’s all legal and it’s your mission to?”  All the drill sergeants live and tell us this every day.

The military may not be for everyone, but it’s a good saying that you will come out “smart or strong or both”.  It’s true!!  Not everyone can survive the military life and you can get out when your contract is up. OK, I’m done bragging about my adventure so far.

I wrote to say thank you!  You guys have supported me through a lot of things and that is hard to come by.  Sometimes it does take a village to raise a child or in our case about four.  LOL!  But we are all turning out good.  I never thought my life would be like this or even meet the people who got me to where I am.  I know I had to make it in life but I just didn’t have the guidance or support.  I was a young workaholic that didn’t have a childhood but it changed.  I got to go 2 prom with the help of Jen and Buddy, senior pics from Colleen, a trip 2 South Carolina with everyone, flag football, softball, and so many other activities. 

I’m glad I could be a positive role model to others but I know I couldn’t have done it without Ron and Miss Carol and everyone.  I really miss everyone and I can’t wait to come back and see everyone.  Well I hope to hear from someone soon!  I will always and still need your support throughout life!!


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