My son is in RSP and it will be at least a week or two before he gets to come home. Is there a different address for me to write to him?  I certainly want to be able to contact him and offer encourgement and support. I know he is having a difficult time knowing he must give up something that meant so much to him!

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I got a call Monday saying my son would be held back for at least a week due to illness. I didn't quite understand but I believe they have to write us with the new address. I was told to continue wrriting him at his original address until he was cycled back and received the new address. I am going to call PI after work today and get more info. When was he scheduled to graduate? What platoon?

Thank you the information.  My son was scheduled to graduate on Jan. 18th but is being medically discharged.  I spoke with another sergeant who said I probably should hold off on sending him letters since he more than likely will be home next week.
 
jayme said:

I got a call Monday saying my son would be held back for at least a week due to illness. I didn't quite understand but I believe they have to write us with the new address. I was told to continue wrriting him at his original address until he was cycled back and received the new address. I am going to call PI after work today and get more info. When was he scheduled to graduate? What platoon?
I'm sorry to hear this!!! Big hugs to you both!!! Thank your son and tell him to keep his head up!!!!!!!! Good luck to him!!!!

I'm so sorry.  I know that it must be heartbreaking for both of you.  My thoughts and prayers are you with you both.  Hoping for a speedy recovery from his illness.


Thank you so much for your concern and prayers.  It helps to have other Moms to talk to.
Robin, Mom of Rhett & Reese said:

I'm so sorry.  I know that it must be heartbreaking for both of you.  My thoughts and prayers are you with you both.  Hoping for a speedy recovery from his illness.

Thak you for caring.  I am concerned with how my son will adjust when he comes home.  Since I don't really know what is going on I am so anxious!
 
Bentley's momma said:

I'm sorry to hear this!!! Big hugs to you both!!! Thank your son and tell him to keep his head up!!!!!!!! Good luck to him!!!!

Empty Nest,

My son was medically discharged this past April.  Being a career Marine had been his dream, so I know your concerns.  I would continue to write.  Even if the letters ultimately get returned, he will know when he gets home that you did write. 

When he gets home, he may be angry for awhile, but he will work his way through that.  If you can keep him opening up about the entire experience, it will help.  He will likely be a little lost for awhile without the structure he is now used to having.  My son was like a cat on a hot tin roof, jumping from one thing to another, for about two weeks before he started settling down.  Patience and understanding are your keys to helping him work his way through.

If I can be of help to you, please let me know.  Please, stay on the boards....even now there are people here who will do their best to help, support, and comfort you...I know that from experience. 

Jan

I spoke with my son's recruiter.  He has never had to deal with a situation like this.  Another Sergeant recommended that since I don't have an address for RSP that I hold off on the letters because it would be up to his former DI if the letters were given to my son or not.  The good news is that I got to speak with my son on the phone and he said he would get to call again, maybe more than once before he leaves MCRD.
 
1~donna from wi said:

Empty Nest,

Have you spoken with his recruiter?  If not, you may wish to stop at the recruit station, by now he may have been notified that your son will be discharged and he may be able to give you an address for RSP.

 

Writing to your son at his training address is completely up to you, if he does come home very soon those letters will eventually be returned to you.  From my Marine Mom perspective, I would write to my son hoping that they would get forwarded to him before he came home; I would feel better knowing that I had continued to stay in touch with him."

 

Please keep us posted and keep posting here.

 

 

Donna (1~Donna from WI)

PP of one Marine and one civilian

Boot Camp Moderator

Standing on Psalm 91:11

I got to speak with my son on the phone and was delighted with how well he sounds.  He is handling things much better that I anticipated but I am not surprised because there have been so many prayers!

WestPlainsMom (Jan) said:

Empty Nest,

My son was medically discharged this past April.  Being a career Marine had been his dream, so I know your concerns.  I would continue to write.  Even if the letters ultimately get returned, he will know when he gets home that you did write. 

When he gets home, he may be angry for awhile, but he will work his way through that.  If you can keep him opening up about the entire experience, it will help.  He will likely be a little lost for awhile without the structure he is now used to having.  My son was like a cat on a hot tin roof, jumping from one thing to another, for about two weeks before he started settling down.  Patience and understanding are your keys to helping him work his way through.

If I can be of help to you, please let me know.  Please, stay on the boards....even now there are people here who will do their best to help, support, and comfort you...I know that from experience. 

Jan

Empty Nest,

I'm glad that he is handling this detour so well. He will grow from this and apply his courage and knowledge again whether it is here or there. He souinds like a great young man. Tell him we are so proud of his commitment to our great USA.

Empty Nest,

 

I, too, am extremely pleased that you got to speak with your son, and that he sounds good.  You will both likely have your ups and downs.  So, if you need another shoulder, I too will be around.  Prayers for you both for a full recovery.

Dear Empty Nest,

How intimately I know what you're experiencing at the moment.  My son too...6 days shy of his graduation, was dropped from medical to RSP to being the seperation paperwork processing.  This was HIS DREAM, all he has spoke of and conditioned himself for many years now.  Illness beyond his control (this a young man who was never sick), perforated eardrum, weight loss into the 120's.....disqualified him from continuing his training & it all took it's toll.  Unfortunetley all my letters (and letters from friends & family) were returned to us days before his return last week and he went nearly a month without the love & support from us, even though we had an updated address.  Not certain if this is everyone's experience, but as a mother it broke my heart when his letters would arrive to me saying 'Mom, please talk to me'. 

Without the support & prayers from the fellow marine mothers on this site, I'm not certain how I would've found the strength to cope with all the unanswered questions & worries over his health. 

On a more positive note, he is home now, and we arranged a Hero's welcome home party/BBQ which truly lifted his spirits.  These young men have stood on those yellow footprints, have taken the oath to serve their country......and we must greet them, support them & love them through the continuing journey of life.  Only the Lord knows why the path he chose was diverted, and I must remain faithful that HE holds better plans for his future.  He's not been home yet a week, but he certainly embraced his training, felt the utmost respect for his Sr. Drill Instructor, and expresses that he has not one ounce of regret having taken his pledge for our country.  I'm one PROUD mother...and he'll always be my HERO!

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