Smith’s article submission was about her eldest son returning home from duty in Iraq, his move back into the family home, and how she found faith to let him leave again.
“My son served twice in Iraq; he went when he was 18 years old and he was 21 years old when he came out. I’m a military brat and I attained the rank of major when I got out, but it was still difficult to let my son serve. Being a mom, we wanted him to move back in with us to transition back into the United States. After six months of attending Georgia College & State University, I had to pray and ask God to allow him to go again; it was time he moved into his own apartment,” Smith said. “This is a universal issue because of the number of soldiers returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. I wanted parents to know that it is difficult, but with faith and a higher source, He will take care of them. God took care of my son while he was there, and he will take care of him on a college campus and in his own apartment.”
Though contest guidelines state there is no guarantee of articles being published in the magazine, Smith’s article will be featured in the upcoming May Mother’s Day issue.
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