"I have been deployed twice this year, for over six months. I've missed some of my son's biggest accomplishments. Since I've been gone he's started talking (my wife says he could talk the paint off of a wall), he has starting walking by himself and running around. My wife and I have always talked about getting a video camera but haven't been able to afford one. My wife is a stay at home mom and we are both attending college. We would love to have a video camera so we can record my son's milestones so I can see them while I'm deployed."
That was written by a serviceman from South Carolina. I read that and almost started crying; I honestly got choked up, because I miss my kids when I'm just at the office -- and I'll see them that night. I can't imagine not seeing them for months at a time and I certainly can't imagine being half a world away getting shot at while wondering what it looked like when my son started walking.
I read that on the Sears Heroes at Home Wish Registry, a site run by Sears where men and women in the service can post their wishes for their family for Christmas. Read through just a few of them and you'll realize the real sacrifice our soldiers are making. While they are fighting over in Iraq and Afghanistan, while they are serving around the world, their families are trying to go on with lives missing Mom or Dad or sons or daughters.
The Sears Heroes at Home Wish Registry lets me (and you) do more than just read their stories. The soldiers post ways to help -- wish lists of things they want to get for their family, but they can't because they're in Humvees getting nearly blown up. That's where I (and you) come in. With the Sears Heroes at Home Wish Registry, I (and you) can donate money online to help make those wishes come true.
The soldier above wants a video camera to help record his son's milestones, and there are a few other things on his list that are more or less affordable. By clicking on any of the tabs that show a soldier's wishes, you'll see more about them and their family, and the things they need. You can then click to donate right then and there.
Let's make sure that our GIs don't have to miss out on everything this holiday season; use the Sears Heroes At Home Wish Registry to help repay the people who are keeping us safe and free.