The winner for July and the Glassboro Metal of Honor Project is Christine Ware of Pitman, NJ. She was an Air Force Command Post Controller stationed at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii where she served for four years. Leaving for basic training just after high school graduation in 2002 , she was Honorably Discharged in July 2006 as a Senior Airman (E-4). She has a particularly heartbreaking story, which we’ll know more about next week. Christine has a 2009 Honda Odyssey with assorted scratches, dents, cracks, a broken mirror and a damaged bumper.
Chrissy and her husband, Carl, met when they were just 14 years old and fell in love – the true example of First Loves. Chrissy was compelled to join the Air Force in 2002, motivated (like hundreds of thousands of others) by the tragic events that occurred on September 11th. While stationed in Hickman Air Force Base in Hawaii, Carl and Chrissy were married, and welcomed a little girl, Caitlyn, shortly thereafter. Carl joined the Air Force in 2004, and with his wife and small daughter by his side, had looked forward to a long relationship with the United States Air Force.
However, tragedy struck the new family just a few short years later on July 1st, 2006 while Carl was stationed in Camp Bucca, Iraq. Carl was shot and killed by a fellow air man, which was first ruled a deadly accident. Upon further investigation, however, it was found that it was not accidental and charged the Air Man with Involuntary Manslaughter, a charge he was later found guilty of and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Chrissy was just three months pregnant with their second daughter, Carly (named after the father that she would never have the chance to meet).
Coming up on 7 years after her husband was murdered, Chrissy is one of the most selfless, caring, best mothers that I know and is absolutely devoted to her daughters. Her oldest daughter, Caitlyn, suffers from severe anxiety as a result of the stories she learned about her father and what had happened to him, and has gastrointestinal issues as a result of the constant stress. Chrissy spends a great deal of time driving Caitlyn back and forth to Gastroenterologist appointments as well as her weekly therapy sessions. Between these appointments, and the dance classes, karate classes, and cheerleading practices that the girls are involved in as a way for them to maintain a normal semblance of life, Chrissy’s car, a minivan, has suffered a great deal of dings, dents, and cracks. She additionally has a piece of the front bumper missing, as well as a broken mirror. As a single mother working to make ends meet, fixing her car is the last thing on her mind.
Chrissy really goes out of her way to do fun things with her girls whenever she gets the chance, whether it’s packing up and hitting the beach for the day, or going to the Aquarium, or just riding around to get their minds of things, their van is everything to them.
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