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Our Son, An Officer, a Gentleman, and an Endodontist

Updated on April 27, 2015
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Deborah L. Alexander is an author, business woman, wife to Doug for almost 40 years, a mother of three adult children & a grandmother of 4.

A Parent's Perspective of Our Son's Professional Journey

On June 1, 2012 our son, Jason received his diploma certifying him as an Endodontist. His recent graduation culminated the years of schooling, hard work, dedication, and a commitment to live his dream. My husband and I were blessed to be present and a part of this milestone celebration with Jason. The journey to this destination has been long, requiring a determined focus and unwavering faith to reach.

Love, support, understanding, and abundant prayers have been what my husband and I have contributed. Getting to this place and seeing Jason achieve his goal has also been a journey for us as his parents. And now we couldn't be prouder of Jason for all his hard work and dedication. However, I must add that without this accomplishment, we would be no less proud of him because of the person he is underneath. The young man we know first as our son.

Just what exactly does it mean to be an Endodontist?

According to a google definition--

Endodontics is the branch of dentistry dealing with the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases of the dental pulp, usually by removal of the nerve and other tissue of the pulp cavity and its replacement with suitable filling material; pulp canal therapy; root canal therapy.

You may be more familiar with the term "root canal", Endodontists are professionals in this area.

Jason's Education

This Picture was Taken on His Very First Day of School

Jason began school at age four. He attended Westbrook Christian Academy beginning with kindergarten through grade three. Then he entered the public school system, attending New Mexico schools a few years and then continuing in Texas. My husband and I have attended many graduations for Jason-kindergarten, middle school, high school.

In between Jason's high school graduation and college graduation, he received his Bachelor's of Hamburgerology Degree from McDonald's Hamburger University in Oak Brook, Illinois. He excelled in our family business as well and my husband and I attended this graduation too.

Then college graduation day came when he received his Animal Biology degree with a minor in History. Thinking at this point he might want to be a pediatrician, he explored his options and after much prayer and input from others, he chose to pursue a profession in dentistry.

The Road to a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree

University of Texas Health & Science Center at San Antonio

Apply, apply, apply . . . Jason worked hard at this point getting all the paperwork done to find the right university to attend. He applied to three Texas universities and was asked to interview with all three. After the interviews, he was fully accepted to two and partially accepted to another. Now was decision time, which university would he choose. And I must add that when communication came from these universities, it was a time of family rejoicing and celebration.

The university Jason chose was the University of Texas Health and Science Center at San Antonio. And when he began his studies this was when he officially moved out and left home. It was a great time of adjustment for us all. We still visited often but it was definitely the beginning of a new era for our family.

This part of the journey was where Jason's natural "stick-to-it-tiveness", work ethic, and time management paid off. There was no time to waste and focus on the goal at hand was top priority.

Throughout this four-year period, Jason excelled again through hard work and determination. He impressed his teachers, making life-long friends of them, along with his fellow students and patients.

A note regarding UTHSCSA--Located in the northwest section of San Antonio, UTHSCSA is composed of five schools and the Dental School has been ranked as the top dental school in the nation. The other four schools at UTHSCSA are the Medical School, the School of Allied Health Sciences, the School of Nursing and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Working on Dad
Working on Dad

Visiting "Our" Dentist

Speaking of patients, my husband and I were privileged to be Jason's patients too. Sitting in his dental chair was an enormous blessing and a time when we looked forward to seeing our dentist. Funny, the term "seeing our dentist" took on a whole new meaning for us. Also when Jason was learning his dental skills, his professors told the students to treat each patient as though it was your mother in your chair. So Jason actually did get to practice his newly acquired skill with his mother in his chair. And he did fabulous, I enjoyed every minute of being his patient . . . even the shots and the nitrous oxide, which I appreciated when he applied two beautiful gold crowns on my back molars. These crowns were custom-made by Jason.

We visited Jason many times in a professional capacity and were patients for important exams. Also his dad was a patient for his final board exam. Jason passed all his exams and boards with high grades.

The Coffee Mug Shaped Like a Tooth

This is a unique coffee mug and one for any collector to add to their collection. I purchased this mug at the University of Texas Health and Science Center Book Store in San Antonio. I collect coffee mugs and it was the perfect addition to my collection representative of my son the Doctor of Dental Surgery.

Caring for Your Teeth - Don't Forget to Floss Daily . . .

It is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day and to floss daily.

In our house throughout our children's growing up years, we used Crest toothpaste, oral B toothbrushes (soft), and Reach dental floss. We still use these products and the last I knew Jason does also .

And used regularly, they keep your teeth healthy; our family has had very few cavities throughout the years.

Jason Gets Married, Graduates as a DDS

and Joins the United States Navy

After his first three years of dental school, Jason married his high school sweetheart, Mandy. She continued her schooling and he finished up his final year of dental school.

Then after a total of four years of hard work, we attended another graduation ceremony for Jason. At this one, he was hooded as a Doctor of Dental Surgery and commissioned into the United States Navy. His next step was Officer Indoctrination School in Rhode Island. My husband and I attended another graduation ceremony for Jason where he became a Lieutenant in the US Navy. Then it was off to Okinawa, Japan to serve our country overseas.

United States Navy - Anchor's Aweigh

Another Graduation and A Daughter is Born in Okinawa

While in Japan, Jason graduated another time from a residency program receiving an Advanced Education in General Dentistry. My husband and I missed this graduation but we did visit Jason and Mandy once while they were overseas. And before they returned to the states, our first grandchild, a beautiful baby girl, was born in Okinawa. We finally met her when she was four months old.

While in Japan, Jason continued to excel in his career becoming dental clinic director at one of the naval bases in Okinawa.

This picture is from the recent Endodontics Graduation in June 2012; our granddaughter is now three.

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Back Home Again for an Endodontics Residency Program

And Two Years Later, Graduation Day!

Before leaving Okinawa, Jason was accepted into the two-year Endodontic Residency program. That meant his next duty station would be Bethesda, Maryland where he would study at the National Naval Medical Center aka The President's Hospital. We were again so proud of his achievement and even happier that Jason and his family would be back home. This was 2010 and now the two years have passed; and I might add they have not passed so quickly for Jason. With it now being 2012, it was time for yet another graduation to attend for our son. I now end where I began this lens, with the graduation of one impressive young man and our loving son . . . a very handsome, Endodontist, US Navy Officer and a gentleman, aka my pride and joy.

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Jason becomes Board Certified

In May 2014 Jason was recognized for achieving the distinction as a Board Certified Endodontist at a luncheon in Washington DC.

At a very young age, only In his early thirties, Jason had reached the pinnacle of his career when he became Board Certified.

Your Comments are Welcome Here - Have you ever visited an Endodontist?

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      marktplaatsshop 4 years ago

      This is a beautiful lens, It must have been real strange like Ruthi says (comment below)sitting in the dental chair of your own son, but you can be very proud, your son achieved a lot,and his daughter looks a lot like him in the picture, thanks for sharing

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      What a wonderful tribute to your son and his accomplishments. It had to be a bit strange to be sitting in his dental chair! It has been my pleasure to have you share your treasure and I thank you both.

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      blue22d 4 years ago

      Nice tribute to your son....always wonderful to see family lenses.

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      What a beautiful family you have. Thank you for sharing here.

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      renewedfaith2day 4 years ago

      You must be very proud.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      oops. Tell your son thanks for serving and congratulations. I know you're proud.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      One of my relatives works in a dental school. You don't know how lucky you are to have a relative who is a dentist( well...I take that back: you know your'e lucky) Oh I wish I had one; although I'm satisfied with my current dentist, it was a long trip to finding a good one.

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      E L Seaton 4 years ago from Virginia

      Awesome! As a retired SWO, I salute your son BZ to him and fair winds! COUNTRYLUTHIER blessed.

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      I can see why you are so proud of your son!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      It is wonderful to see when a loving home produces loving well adjusted children. You should be very proud to have raised such a wonderful son. Lol and an Endodontist too.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You are lucky to have your son. He makes you proud.

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      kayla_harris 5 years ago

      Congratulations to you and your son!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      No wonder you're so proud.

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      @micheleburke: Thank you Michele :)

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      @KittyWrites: Thank you

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      KittyWrites 5 years ago

      I don't blame you for being proud of your son. I enjoyed reading your lens.

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      bilafond lm 5 years ago

      Time flies and suddenly you realise they have all grown up. Very nice lens. I was though not fortunate enough to share the brighter side of my son's life. he is the reason I have come to squidoo. My blessings

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      vintagemcc 5 years ago

      Way to go! Many congratulations to you and your son!

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      Sharyn Read 5 years ago from ... either in the kitchen or at my laptop...

      What a wonderful lens, congratulations to you and your son, we all enjoyed reading about his accomplishments!

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      looniestlove lm 5 years ago

      congrats to him, great lens, it shows how proud you are as a mother and this lens also shows both you and your husband did a great job in raising him as a child...thanks for sharing this with us

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      jammarti 5 years ago

      Great lens and tribute. Congrats on being LOTD. Its every parents joy to see their son reach success.

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice lens, you have reason to be proud of your son, but as you said even if he had not made it, you wouldn't feel any less towards him. Congratulations on the LotD. Blessed.

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      lucky izan 5 years ago

      Very nice lens, i had a son too, i hope he will make me proud in the future

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      Michele Marie Burke 5 years ago

      What a wonderful story of your son's journey (and you and your husband's too!). Thanks for sharing and congrats on lens of the day.

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      Ahdilarum 5 years ago

      Nice tribute for your son.

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      LornsA178 5 years ago

      Our daughter had a root canal when she was 6 years old. She had to see an Endodontist. They specialized on that field.

      What a blessings having a son like yours. You really must be proud. I am also thankful for his service to our country. God bless your family.

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      LaurenCraige 5 years ago

      Congratulation! you have a great lens!

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      You have every right to be proud.....who wouldn't be? Your son is obviously a fine man, and it has been my experience, that in most cases, outstanding men and women had outstanding parents.

      I want to take this chance to thank Jason for his service to his country, and thank you for serving your country by producing such a topnotch son.

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      staymor 5 years ago

      Great lens and tribute!

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      CCTVwebmaster 5 years ago

      Lovely lens! Really enjoyed it!

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Yes. I'm sure your son will be one of the good ones :)

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      KandH 5 years ago

      You are a deservedly proud parent - Congrats to you and your son and thanks for sharing!

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      jazziyarbrough 5 years ago

      Yes and I don't like dentists. Thanks for sharing a great lens, I'm proud of your son too!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a terrific story. Congratulations on getting LoTD!

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      wolvyz 5 years ago

      He looks like a great person.

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      Thanks so much for all the kind words of congratulations, the SquidAngel blessings, giant SquidLikes, and thankfulness to Jason for his military service. It is always great to honor military service, hard work, determination, and then celebrate when goals are reached and dreams become reality.

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      @DecoratingEvents: Thank you for the congratulations! Yes it has been a long road for Jason's wife too, thank you for including her :)

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      @bushaex: Thank you for the SquidAngel blessings and for sharing your personal connections and memories. Thank you too for serving our country. Nice to meet you bushaex.

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      @hamstring: Thank you! Love your comment :) I enjoyed sharing.

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      @JoshK47: Thank you for your congratulations and SquidAngel blessings! I very much enjoyed sharing the story of my son. He has always inspired me with his determination and energy.

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      @LesleyOC: Sorry you had an unfortunate experience. Yes I can attest, dentists are people too. Jason is my son 1st and that is how I know him. But without question, I would trust him to do any dental procedure for me.

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you! I understand ;) hope you always have healthy teeth :)

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      @parwatisingari lm: Actually I was calling Jason "Doctor" long before he graduated as a DDS. So it did not strike me strange then to hear others calling him doctor. However, Jason did say it felt strange at first when they called his name over the intercom.

      Congratulations to you for being a doctor and that is a unique way to meet your husband :)

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      @tssfacts: Thank you so much for your comment; love your words. I hope Jason will read this lens too when he finds time. But for now I will pass along your thanks :)

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      @VaBeachMatthew: Thank you for your kind comments and for your service to our country as well.

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      @Deadicated LM: Thank you. It is good to be thankful and we should always remember that freedom comes with a price and great sacrifice.

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      @sdmary: I will give him your thanks.

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      @OhMe: Will do

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      @OhMe: Thank you for your comments. During the graduation time, My husband and I were blessed to spend two weeks with my son and his family. Being with our granddaughter was so much fun; she is a joy. Seems she enjoyed playing with "granma" and "granpa" too.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Great tribute to your son - Congrats on LotD *blessed

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      LoriBeninger 5 years ago

      Sweet. And congratulations on your Lens of the Day.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What an accomplished son you have. Congratulations. That all takes a lot of dedication and work.

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      Kae Yo 5 years ago

      Congratulations on everything! A wonderful lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      soaringsis 5 years ago

      What a wonderful lens. Congratulation on your LotD.

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Great story about your son's life. I've never been to an Endodontist, but it was interesting learning about what they do.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Yes! it was a long journey but with a great return and pride. You describe very well his determination to make it! SquidAngel Blessings!

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Congratulations to all for all the achievements--a great LOTD.

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      faye durham 5 years ago

      Congratulations all around! What a great story.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Lovely tribute to you son - you must be very proud!

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing you son with us, and congratulations on the LOTD

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      DecoratingEvents 5 years ago

      Congratulations all around -- to Jason, his wife and daughter for a long road, and to you and your husband for your undying support of his dream. What a wonderful story!

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Congratulations on LOTD and congratulations to your son on his accomplishments.

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD. What a proud mom you must be, and rightly so.

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      Kay 5 years ago

      Just want to thank your son for his service! Blessed!

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      Congratulations on your son Jason's achievement, winning the Lens of The Day (LOTD) and the Purple Star!

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      sociopath-free 5 years ago

      What a cutie. Is he single?

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      Stephen Bush 5 years ago from Ohio

      SquidAngel blessings. I felt some personal connections because (1) my grandfather and uncle were both dentists, and (2) I still remember when I was commissioned as a Supply Corps Officer in the Navy.

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      hamstring 5 years ago

      The journey looks so long at the start. It's really cool to see someone cross the finish line!

      Thanks for taking time to share the memories. Very, very inspiring.

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      Wonderfully presented; and congratulations on LotD!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      What a wonderful lens for an awesome individual! Thanks for sharing your story here - blessed by a SquidAngel, and congrats on LotD! :)

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      LesleyOC 5 years ago

      I must confess to a fear of dentists due to an unfortunate experience when I was a child. Your lens is inspiring in many ways, but it also paints a great picture, maybe there's no reason to be afraid of dentists, after all, they're people too!

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      What a blessing your son is to you! Happily, I've never had to visit an endodontist and, nothing personal, I hope I never do! Congratulations on your Lens of the Day award!

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! You have a son you can be proud of.

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      parwatisingari lm 5 years ago

      by the way, I met my husband when he came to me for his rootcanal treatment.

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      parwatisingari lm 5 years ago

      :) hi my mom would have a shock intially when people called me doc, did you have it too? My cousin would freak out asking which Dr.Hande do want?

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      tssfacts 5 years ago

      You can tell your love for your son (and family) is present from the beginning sentence to the last. What a great story. I am so glad you shared it with us. Congratulation on your LOTD and please give your son and thank you for me for serving his country.

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      VaBeachMatthew 5 years ago

      As a retired Chief Petty Officer, it is great to see the 'next generation' taking their position to lead. God Bless your son and congratulations to him for his achievement and to you for raising someone you can be so very proud of!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Congratulations to your son, you have a lot to be; I am grateful to guys like him who serve their country so that we all may be free. Thank you Jason 8-)

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      sdmary 5 years ago

      I am an Army brat and was born in overseas as well. Congratulations to your son and his accomplishments, but most of all - please pass along my thanks for his selfless service to his country.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh, and please tell him "Thank You" for his military service.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Congrats on a well deserved LOTD. I know you must be so proud of your son and rightfully so. Thank you for sharing. Your granddaughter is beautiful

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      This is really an great achievement for your son. Congratulation.

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      brendajoy 5 years ago

      Well done and congratulations to parents and "a very handsome, Endodontist, US Navy Officer and a gentleman". Great lens.

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Congrats on LOTD...can't say I like dentists. You must be very proud of your son.

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      Nice lens, great info!

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      mdfroze 5 years ago

      Great to see this lens......

      congrats for being lens of the day.......:-)))))

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      preyamol 5 years ago

      nice lens....... i enjoy to reading your lens.......... nice ...........

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      cleanyoucar 5 years ago

      Great read, squid liked!

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      bill-beaman2 5 years ago

      great lens and congrats! That is one awesome read.

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      Julia Morais 5 years ago

      Great lens. Never knew what an endodontist was, much less visited one. :)

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Wonderful article! Very happy for you and your wonderful son and his family. I know you are so proud. Congrats on Lens of the Day! :)

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      Very nice lens. I enjoyed reading and seeing your photos.

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      succesful-dylan 5 years ago

      Your son is a strong, motivated and full of life. You must be proud.

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      How touching. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Well written and very well presented.. You must be proud of your son.. :)

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Such a wonderful journey for your son and a lovely tribute by you! Angel blessed!

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      ceejaycmarshall 5 years ago

      Great lens! Thank you for sharing. You have many reasons to be proud. :)