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“Hi my name is Makenzie Pickens and my dad is SFC Michael Pickens, he just came back from Afghanistan. While my dad was gone, my whole room was filled with American flags and pictures of my dad and me.

Also, when my dad was gone, my friends would cheer me up if I were having a bad day by giving me hug or something like that.  Ever since I was five I have wanted to be somebody that saved lives like a doctor.

Mackenzie Pickens

An Essay From A Military Daughter


I went to the funeral of SSG Loeza and it was really sad.  What is even sadder is that my dad knew and was friends with SSG Loeza.  I started crying when the soldiers shot the guns thinking “What if we were here for my dad?”  Boy did I cry!  I also went to the Bulldog Brigade Memorial Ceremony.   While they were saying the names of the people who had past my mom recognized one of the names and remembered it was one of her friends from high school.  Twelve of the names on the memorial died during my Dad’s deployment.
SSG Loeza arrives in El Paso

When my dad was deployed I really got more and more interested in the Army.  If there was a fundraiser or something like that, I would try my best to go or if I could not go I would ask my mom a lot of questions about what she did that day.  My dad has opened a lot of doors for me like when I went on my first roller coaster ride or when I rode my first two-wheel bike.

When my dad was gone, our friend joined the army and deployed.  When he deployed he lost both legs and one arm, it was really hard on my parents since my dad was deployed.  I was so excited the day my dad came home for good from Afghanistan and knowing that he was safe again was a pretty good feeling.  I got the first hug too and that was awesome!

Kevin Trimble

My dad was gone for my birthday and before my mom came to wake me up she was on Skype with my dad and instead of my mom saying “Get up and get ready for school,” my dad was singing “Happy Birthday.”  That was really special to me.

A couple months after my dad was deployed I started looking for verses for him and this is one I found… “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.  Going through this deployment I saw high and low emotions, that taught me that freedom is not free.  God bless our troops!”

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”curled” width=”auto” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1" border_color=”#dddddd” ]Makenzie is 9 years old and is the daughter of SFC Mike Pickens and Amanda Pickens. She is very active in the community and many times has been the hands and feet of Jesus. She has even started Bible clubs in her backyard for her friends. Makenzie is currently homeschooled :). Please keep her in your prayers as her family will be leaving Ft Bliss soon and heading to their next post with the military. [/[/dropshadowbox]p>





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