Podcast: Marine mom Patti Wollman talks about her deployed son
Updated 5/11: The military Mother’s Day story is now online, along with video interviews with four moms. Check it out here.
This week’s podcast is an interview with Patti-Jean Wollman of Mahopac, whose son James is serving with the Marines in Iraq.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time talking to Wollman and other Lower Hudson Valley women whose children are stationed in Iraq. Some of their thoughts will appear in televised segments on RNN-TV between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. tonight, and in a Mother’s Day feature story running in this Sunday’s Journal News.
Like the others, Wollman talked about life as a worried military mom, and how her imagination runs wild as weeks pass between calls or e-mails from her 22-year-old son. Here’s one of the first e-mails she got from “Jaime,” on March 12:
Everything is going well, food is good, we could always use more sleep. no action yet, except for an IED we found the other day but we were able to blow it up before it blew us up.
You can imagine how worried, but proud, she and the other military moms are these days. It’s certainly going to be a bittersweet Mother’s Day for them and all the other women with children far from home, in harm’s way, this Sunday.
For more on Wollman’s story, click on the audio link at the end of this post, or download the podcast by using the iTunes button below.