Mission Unchanged For Rogers County Military Moms Despite Bin Laden's Death

Tuesday, May 3rd 2011, 9:50 pm
By: News On 6

Lacie Lowry, News On 6

ROGERS COUNTY -- Parents of military men and women are relieved about Bin Laden's death.  Blue Star Mothers of Rogers County met Tuesday night and couldn't help but talk about the news.

Bin Laden's death may bring relief, but doesn't change much for the mothers.  They're running through their monthly meeting routine while the full gamut of emotions is running through their heads.

"I was happy for the families of 9/11, but yet, I was worried too. We still have a lot of kids over there, fighting," Martha Joslin said.

Every person here has a son or daughter who is serving our country. Martha Joslin's son is in the Air Force.

"All his life, he's wanted to be in the military, but we never expected him to go to a war zone," Joslin said.

Dawn From's son is also in the Air Force, in Special Forces, so she's always in the dark about her son's duties and worried constantly.

"Sons, daughters, husbands, wives, they're still there and they're still fighting, and there's unrest in other countries so that's a concern for us," she said.

While word of Osama Bin Laden's death has reignited patriotism in America, the mission of the Blue Star Mothers is unchanging.

"It's a large victory, but it's just a small piece," From said.

A donation drive that started this week is proof of that unfailing determination to support our troops. "Fill the Truck" is a joint effort between Rogers County Blue Star Mothers and three different car dealerships to collect little things that make a difference in our heroes' lives overseas.

"They're over there and they're running out of supplies, they don't really have a lot, money is tight for people and they need help, they need it bad," Tim Kirk, Suburban Chevrolet, said.

So while they all rejoiced for a moment at the news out of Pakistan, they'll rejoice even more when every son and daughter is back home.

You can donate to "Fill the Truck" all month long in Claremore at Suburban Chevrolet, Kissee Ford, and Melton Sales car dealerships.  Their locations are listed below.

  1. Suburban Chevrolet Dealership
    1300 South Lynn Riggs Blvd
    Claremore, OK 74017
    (918) 343-3636
  2. Jack Kissee Ford Dealership
    760 South Lynn Riggs Boulevard
    Claremore, OK 74017-8712
    (918) 341-0101
  3. Melton Sales Dealership
    200 North Lynn Riggs Boulevard
    Claremore, OK 74017-6816
    (918) 341-1512