Tom was assigned to a hovercraft unit and went to Kuwait in the Desert Storm invasion of Iraq. After that war, he was assigned to a collection unit to bring in sailors who had gone AWOL.
I remember a pastor asking me during the Desert Storm operation how I felt about Tom's involvement. I said I had mixed emotions. That was because I was so very proud of a son who was serving his country but concerned for his safety at the same time. I think most parents in similar circumstances feel the same way. He is now a manager for a national chain store.
His mother and I have prayed for his safety all of his life and give God the credit for bringing him to this stage in his life.
Happy birthday, Tom, and may the Lord continue to watch over you in all that you do.