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Tehya Woods

Army daughter

Nov. 6, 2012 - 01:22PM   |   Last Updated: Nov. 6, 2012 - 01:22PM  |  
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Hi, my name is Tehya Woods, I am 10 years old, and this is how becoming a military child has changed my life.

My dad is Peter Bernard Walther. He is a company commander for the 82nd Airborne Division. My dad married my mom when I was 6 years old. Before then, I didn't know anything about the military. Since they were married, my life has changed significantly.

One thing that's different about becoming a military child is I go to change of command ceremonies and family readiness group meetings. I get to know my dad's soldiers when I go to his office and they're nice to me. But most important, becoming a military child has made me understand the Army much more and appreciate the soldiers much more who are out on the battlefield day and night, fighting and risking their lives to help others and fighting for their country. Also, being a military child has made me become much more aware of the problems going on in the world, like in Libya and Syria. I understand a lot more things about the military than before, and I like it. Understanding the fighting that's going on in the world has made me more understanding of the military; it's made me appreciate what the soldiers do and what the Army does in general.

My dad fights for what he believes in and the country that he loves, and I love my dad for doing that. I am grateful for the soldiers that take time out of their days or nights to train. They jump out of airplanes and some even graduate from Ranger School; my dad graduated from Ranger School and is very proud he did. My dad has worked his way up the Army chain, and when he wears his uniform to my school, I am proud because I know what that uniform represents.

My dad does a lot of planning. He plans FRG meetings and makes calendars with schedules on it for the soldiers and their wives so they know when training, FRG meetings and change of commands will be. He's very organized. It teaches me to be organized as well.

My dad also graduated from Jump Master School. He worked very hard so he could graduate. We practiced the jump commands in a doorway in our house; in fact, I myself know some of the jump commands.

Becoming a military child has changed me, in a good way, and I'm glad for that. Being a child in the military, you move all the time to different states, and when that happens I'm able to experience different places and cultures. At first I don't like moving away from my friends, but I eventually settle into the new place, too. I also get to travel a lot when there are family retreats. ... I am very, VERY proud to be a military child.

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