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I think even celebrity guest Wendy Davis from Lifetime’s “Army Wives” was upstaged today. But I doubt she cared.

Wendy Davis of "Army Wives" presents the Military Motherhood Award to Robin Schoolfiled as OH CEO Jim Knotts looks on.

I imagine she was just as thrilled as everyone else when Maj. Sam Schoolfield, husband of Military Motherhood Award winner Robin Schoolfield, showed up at the luncheon in his wife’s honor. Sam is deployed to Afghanistan, and Robin had no clue he’d be there. They’ll get to enjoy some family time in the nation’s capital before Sam returns to duty.

Today Robin was recognized for her strength and perseverance as a Marine Corps wife. Thanks to Lockheed Martin, Operation Homefront was able to get her family to D.C. and present her with a check for $5,000. Thanks to TriWest, we were able to host a lovely luncheon. Thanks to Lifetime, we had an exceptional guest speaker.

And thanks to Sam’s command and all the folks who worked with us to get him there today, the Schoolfield family had a priceless reunion.

Maj. Sam Schoolfield, who is deployed to Afghanistan, surprised his wife Robin by showing up at the Military Motherhood Award luncheon.

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Eva Marie and Jospeh Briseno are utterly devoted to their son Jay. For the past seven years, they’ve cared for the man whose active life ended with a sniper shot to his spinal cord. The Reservist was just 20 when he answered the call to duty; three months later, he was paralyzed from the neck down.

Doctors say he’s the most critically injured soldier to survive. The family converted their living room into an ICU. Jay is fully conscious, but unable to speak. He communicates with his parents through blinks. Eva is so consumed with caring for Jay, she wouldn’t even leave his bedside for a phone call to congratulate her for making the top 5 finalists for our Military Motherhood Award.

The Brisenos got more good news last week. Both the House and the Senate unanimously passed the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act.

The bill provides for a range of programs and aid to families caring for injured vets, including payment for modifications made to the home to accommodate the wounded service member, eliminating co-pays for the catastrophically injured and other forms of support for caregivers. It also paves the way for studies on suicide, TBI, female veterans, loans to pay for health care education and more.

Once the troops have withdrawn from Iraq and Afghanistan, once the wars are declared over, once the sacrifices of our wounded warriors fade from the popular conscience, Eva and Joseph will still be by Jay’s side. They’ll keep turning him throughout the day to prevent bedsores, they’ll keep watch over the tangle of machines that keep him alive, and they’ll continue to pray for one more day with their beloved son.

They need and deserve help to get through each day; this bill will supply at least a little. It’s an encouraging start to creating a stronger structure for the long-term care of wounded warriors.

Eva Marie Briseno with her son Jay.

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