By Veta Mutart
February 05, 2007
This is a letter of encouragement to all of those parents out
there who have tried so hard to raise your kids, even in Ketchikan,
and wonder if they will ever amount to anything. I too struggled
with life in Ketchikan, trying to keep my boys out of trouble
and enforcing rules, morals, and values. I nagged them about
homework and spent many late nights helping them finish projects
due the next day. I feared their grades would never be good
enough to graduate. Coming from someone for whom school came
easy, I just couldn't understand why it should be a struggle
all the time. I am sure there were teachers and counselors at
K-High that thought my boys would live their lives in Ketchikan
or somewhere doing menial jobs because they didn't express the
desire to attend college after high school.
Well folks, I have to express
my pride in both of my sons for proving some people very wrong.
I only had to look at the picture in the recent TIME magazine
of Staff Sergeant Jeremy Mutart and feel good inside knowing
that he has "done me proud".
He is a fine young man, a good
soldier who takes his job seriously, looking out for the soldiers
entrusted to his care and a good husband and great father. He
loves God, country and his family. He will be deploying this
week to Iraq for a second year long tour.
Words cannot express the gratitude
I have to God and my friends in Ketchikan for helping me through
the tough times when I feared the boys would be caught up in
the drugs and alcohol problems so prevalent among the young people.
Be encouraged parents and stay
tough with your kids and don't be afraid to have a few rules.
Received February 04, 2007 - Published February 05, 2006
About: "Resident of Ketchikan
for 23 years, (now living in Kansas to help with grandkids) -
just a mom who tried to raise her boys with good values and morals."
Note: Comments published
on Viewpoints are the opinions of the writer
Staff Sgt. Jeremy Mutart, United States
Our Troops - http://www.sitnews.us/OurTroops/ketchikan.html
and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sitnews.
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