During a visit with U.S. and coalition combat troops in Southwest Asia in 2005, I gave 23 speeches on 12 bases, and on the U.S.S. Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier to more than 30,000 of our bravest soldiers, airmen, sailors and marines in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, and Qatar.
I’ve had many remarkable experiences with military men and women during my time as a motivational speaker, but words can’t describe how I felt on January 26, 2017, when I was presented with the American Spirit Award by Maj. Gen. Garret Harencak.
The American Spirit Award is the Air Force Recruiting Service's highest form of recognition and is given to a civilian who has made a significant impact on airmen and the Air Force around the world. Many great leaders have been presented with this award, including Bob Hope, Dolly Parton and the Dallas Cowboys football team. I stand in awe of the people I’ve shared this award with.
A mom never stops being a mom. Whether they’re holding their sweet little newborn for the first time, walking a nervous 5-year-old to kindergarten, or crying tears of joy as her child graduates from college, mothers are always cheering us on.
Even more so are the mothers whose sons and daughters serve in the military. As their children leave to fight overseas and are stationed in far-off locations, these mothers experience an overwhelming amount of pride but also a constant dread and worry for the safety of their loved ones.
American Idol super star David Archuleta, David’s musical director Dean Kaelin, celebrity impressionist Jason Hewlett, and I departed Salt Lake City on July 8 with a personal commitment to entertain