By Staff Sgt. Antonius Jones
4th Space Operations Squadron
One of the best decisions I ever made was to join the military. As an airman first class I went to my first assignment at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. It was there that I met my beautiful wife. Soon after marrying, we decided it was time for us to start a family.
We were successful! My wife was now expecting and things only got better for us. Young and in love, we were inseparable and we could spend all day and night conversing about whether we’re having a boy or girl and what the name would be for either one. My wife wanted to focus on being a stay at home mom and so we agreed that it would be best if she separated from the military.
We were going to take a pay cut, we understood that, but we had a budget plan in-work. We had bills, of course, and loans and every penny we brought in went toward those expenses. We never thought we would have to deal with any emergencies so we never made preparations for such. I must admit it was poor planning on our part because never in our wildest dreams did we anticipate her having complications during her pregnancy.
We went to the doctor and discovered that at three months into the pregnancy she was in the high-risk pregnancy category and she could lose the baby. A month later she started having painful contractions. Unfortunately, we lost our daughter and second daughter due to her being such a high risk.
We were devastated and that caused so much friction in our relationship. On top of that we didn’t have the necessary funds to pay for our daughters’ burial. Thank God the Air Force Aid Society was there to help. They gave us grant-free loans that we never had to pay back which really helped to relieve some of the stress we were dealing with.
Life throws all of us curveballs and we find ourselves facing setbacks and hardships of different magnitudes and I’m thankful the Air Force Aid Society was there to support us all the way during our setback.
The Air Force Aid Society is one of the many organizations for consideration in this year’s Combined Federal Campaign. The direct web address for CFC web-based donations is: https://www.cfcnexus.org/_peakcfc/.
Members who use the direct web donation system need to print and sign the receipt and turn it into his or her respective unit key worker. Finance does not deduct the money until the signed receipt is turned in. For more information, contact one of the following Schriever Project Officers: Capt. Julia Hetlof at 567-5050; Master Sgt. Cassandra Bushyeager at 567-5927; Tech. Sgt. Anastasia Moreno at 567-6243 or Capt. Cori Bennett at 567-2814.