The CBS Morning Show put a spotlight on Paulette Nelson July 16. That's right a big bad MSM CBS honoring the stay-at-home-mom who volunteers with the USO to make sure someone is there when our fighting men and women deploy to the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan and when they come home. She meets them with applause, a handshake, or a hug and always with a smile.
She started in 2004, and 400 flights later, she is as dedicated as ever. She told CBS, "I'm there when they leave and I'm there when they come back I call that, completing the circle... People ask me, 'How do you do this? You don't get paid and it takes away your time?' And all I can say is, 'How can you not do it? How can you really just let them go over there and do what they do and not support them?' " See the big bad CBS segment at YouTube.
Paulette wrote letter to Tony Diana Music August 12, 2005. She explained how she got involved after 9/11.
Hey, my name is Paulette Nelson. I would like to introduce you to my children William 9 and Madison 7. We live in Savannah, Ga. We live smack dab in the middle of two Army posts. So we are lucky enough to share our city with a large military population.Paulette insists to CBS that she is no hero, "I'm an ordinary person who was given an extraordinary chance." That's what all heroes say.
September 11th had a profound effect on my life. It was such a huge eye opener for me, as I'm sure it was for many people. You see, I've lived in Savannah my whole life. I'm ashamed to admit it, but I never really gave the military here much thought. Never thought about what they did or what they meant. September 11th changed that. In the days and weeks following September 11th we began to see convoys on the road and much more helicopter traffic flying over our house. You could just sense that something was going to happen and soon. And it did.....our friends and neighbors began leaving their families behind. They were leaving their families to go to an unknown place to right a wrong done to this nation. They were leaving with the sorrows of a country on their shoulders. What a heavy burden that must have been. It really hit home when my son's best friend Logan's dad got called up. William began asking questions. "Where did Logan's dad go? Why did he have to leave?" I told him Logan's dad was going to find the men that crashed the planes into the building so it wouldn't happen again. That we should be very thankful to everybody who is trying to protect our country. That we should thank every soldier that we saw.
Well I think my words sank in with them. Because now if they see a person in uniform they walk up and tell them, "Thank you for protecting our country." This poster was made by Madison for her daddy to hang up at his work place. The picture in itself speaks a thousand words. We all should thank a soldier.
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