As the President and CEO of the Dallas Ft. Worth Veterans Chamber of Commerce and as the National Chamber Development Director for USVCC, I am proud to work with veteran families who have sacrificed so much for their country.
Although I was not a mother when I was on active duty, I saw many mothers who sacrificed a lot in order to do their job. As a young 20-year-old, I babysat plenty of times for different mothers so they could go on duty. As an FMF Corpsman stationed with the Marines I felt like a mother hen taking care of my Marines, making sure they did not get hurt or injured. I gave them health and safety advice as well as on occasion life advice as the opportunity presented itself. I’ve always had a strong compass to mother those who let me regardless of age. It’s a part of my personality that I embrace and makes me who I am.
After I returned from the Gulf War I received an honorable discharge and became a wife and a stay at home mom to a US Navy officer and thus began my 19.5-year career as a Navy military wife. I kiddingly joked around that I was a “married, single mom” since my husband was always working or deployed for months.
Without the support of their families our active duty military can not do their jobs with peace of mind. Once they return they need support, friendship and understanding to assimilate back into everyday life and the routine of the mundane.
No one outside of the military and veteran community truly understands the sacrifice that families and active duty military make in order to do our jobs and do them well. Therefore, I do my absolute best to impact the community where I am. As long as we come together and we support each other we can continue to serve and preserve our liberties as set forth by the US Constitution.
I am proud to have served as a US Navy / FMF Corpsman of the Persian Gulf War and I am even more proud of the work that I am doing now at the national level as the National Chamber Development Director for USVCC. I am thankful for my female role models, especially Adrian Guglielmo, for the opportunity to serve under her leadership, and for having her as a friend and mentor.
I salute all mothers and single fathers who step up to the plate to take care of their children. We celebrate you not only on Mother’s Day, but every day for your sacrifices, unwavering love and support. May you all be blessed with another wonderful year of making memories and deepening the bonds with your children. God bless all of you!
President / CEO, DFW Veterans Chamber
US Navy / FMF Corpsman
(above) Cristie Remmel (center, holding her dog) with her family and friends.