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    Posted August 6, 2014 by
    Yuma, Arizona
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    Salute to troops

    My Twin Corpsmen

    I’m writing to give a shout out to my wonderful twin boys. My identical twin sons are both serving in the Navy as Corpsmen. William J. Noel-Madson is stationed in Pensacola, Florida. He is a Mental Health Technician at the Naval Hospital there. His brother Steven J. Noel-Madson is stationed in Twenty-Nine Palms, California and works as a Preventative Medicine Technician.

    William (Billy) is getting married soon to a local girl back home and spends his free time visiting Tampa to see his football team, the Bucs, practice. Steven is possibly getting deployed next month so we’re all anxiously awaiting word on the details. He spends his free time visiting his girlfriend in Phoenix and watching his team, the Broncos, get ready for the season. The brothers Skype each other every night which I think is pretty awesome!

    I cannot begin to tell you how proud I am of these young men. My heart SWELLS with pride when I talk about them. They are the youngest of five children– they have three older sisters! As a single mother, raising three girls and two boys, I was constantly worried if they were getting enough male influence in their lives. The boys were the “babies” as their older sisters played house with them. They were dressed up, had their nails painted and makeup practiced on, while I worked to support the family. Somehow (by the grace of God) they grew up to be the most amazing young men I know. They are smart, handsome, brave, strong, compassionate and FUNNY. Every person who meets them is impressed by their morals, ethics and honor.
    Both Billy and Steven joined the Navy eager to serve their country. Not a single day goes by that I don’t think of them, pray for them and thank God for their service.

    The boys were raised in Yuma, Arizona. It's a small town located in the far south-west corner of Arizona, touching California and Mexico. They are the youngest of five kids and raised by a single mother. I have a good career as a RN (luckily) but that meant I had to work long hours which caused me to not be home a lot. Many mothers in this kind of situation end up with kids in trouble and all kinds of problems because of being away at work for so long. Their father was not there physically or financially so I had no choice but to work long shifts. My boys NEVER caused me any heartaches. They were so supportive of my financial responsibilities and always understanding when I was unable to afford something that they wanted. The guilt I felt in those moments were strictly my own doing! The boys stayed active in church, football, tract and each worked part time jobs. They were voted "Mr. and Mr. Friendly" in high school their senior year because they were friends with everyone!

    Considering the situation that these young men were raised - without a father figure, single mom, alone for long periods without supervision and financial hardships- these men have beat the odds and not only survived unscathed but become my very own personal HEROES!!!

    Thank-you for allowing me the place to honor my boys!
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