Thursday, April 3, 2003

Mother appreciates courage

Tristate reacts to war


Spec. Paige Gerhardt, 21, is a Northwest High School (Class of 2000) graduate and the daughter of Stephanie Joerger of Colerain Township.

Her mother writes:

My daughter was deployed on Feb. 21. She is a Soldier Medic. She called me at work crying when she got the call and I didn't know what to say to her to help ease her mind. She didn't stay in that mode long. She is so strong and brave and proud and so willing to serve her country.

She is a single mother. Jacob, her son, is 1 year old. His daddy is taking care of him and we are all rallying around him to help. It's a tough situation. ...

She is now stationed in Fort Stewart, Ga., and, at last word, (it changes constantly) she is scheduled to be in Kuwait within the first two weeks of April.

My heart goes out to the families of the fallen and captured. I have a new appreciation for what they are going through and I pray for them every day.

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