Woolmarket mom waits for her son to come home

WOOLMARKET, MS (WLOX) - WOOLMARKET, MS (WLOX) - Michelle Gentry of Woolmarket wrote to our Project Homefront recently, to tell us about her son Justin.

Michelle, a single parent her entire life, wanted to let us know how proud she is of her 22 year old son, Justin. Currently, he is in the Army's 101st Airborne Division.

"He just came home one day and said, 'Mom, I joined the Army,'" Michelle said.

Michelle Gentry said she will never forget that day, nor will she forget her reaction to her son joining the Army.

"It wasn't good; it was not good," she said.

That was more than two years ago, but over time, Michelle's feelings have changed dramatically.

"The military has been very good for him, I now realize that," Gentry said

Justin initially was assigned to work in communications, but he wanted something more thrilling. Now, he is a combat engineer with the 101st Airborne and that means his main job is demolition. He goes on assault missions, and blows up improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan. It is probably the most dangerous work, in the most dangerous place in the world right now.

"He called the other day and said his lieutenant had got hit with an IED," an emotional Michelle told us.

She admits that she does not sleep well at night, worried about her son. Like everyone else, Michelle sees the news reports about our soldiers dying at the hands of IED's. As hard as it is to accept, she realizes one day it could be Justin.

"I try not to think about that; I try not do," she said. "But, I don't think there is a Mom out there that doesn't."

Justin is nine months into a one year tour of duty in Afghanistan and Michelle said there is not a day that goes by that she does not think about her son.

She is very thankful to the many people and organizations in the community that have supported the family. Justin will come home in about three months, and Michelle can't wait to wrap her arms around her boy and welcome him home.

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