This week with the hustle and bustle of the holidays well underway, we read a social post that shook our entire office. Jessica Jenson, wife of Marine Raider Chad Jenson shared her very personal thoughts honoring her husband during the holidays. Every word more powerful than the next, visceral, open and heartfelt.
Sgt. Chad Elliott Jenson was a beloved son, brother, husband, stepfather, and United States Marine Raider – who passed away on 10 July 2017 in the tragic KC-130 crash that shook our community... yet again. Chad served selflessly and chose a career to protect our nation. Some of us have lost loved ones this year. Most of us can only imagine the loss of a loved one so close to us. Jessica honors her husband's life through thanksgiving, courage, and the reminder that we are never alone. Please read her powerful words:
"I have some pretty fantastic people in my life, that reminded me to feel blessed and thankful, even when I refused to. The next month or so is probably going to be the hardest time for me. November and December are FULL of family and holiday tradition, and it’s rough to stand as an outsider to that. I’m doing my best not to be bitter and angry, and instead focus on my amazing son and the people I still have in my corner.
Thank you for reminding me that I’m not alone, and that even though I struggle, I do have a very big extended family this season. What was supposed to be our first Christmas as a married couple, is my first Christmas as a widow.
Today I’m decorating, even though I’m flying home for the actual holidays. I have his pictures out, helping me get through it, and I put this ornament on first. Because I know he’s here with me. I know he’s smiling at me through my transitions between crying and belting out the words to the songs from Nightmare Before Christmas. Because the irony is not lost on me... this is my nightmare before Christmas. Thank you Raider Project for the very merry MARSOC ornament, and the reminder that he’s always beside me. God help me, I know he is." - Jessica
This year, before you head out shopping, before you finalize your decorations and before you start complaining; remember how much you have to be thankful for. Let us not take for granted one moment with the ones we love. And let us remember our fallen heroes.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, The Raider Project
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