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    Posted October 6, 2010 by
    xochitl73
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    Richlands, North Carolina
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    Assignment
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    CNN30: September 11 terror attacks

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    9/11 from a military brat's perspective

     

    I was in seventh grade when 9/11 occurred. The majority of my family, including my father, is in the military. I remember walking into my math class and seeing my teacher watching the news. At the time, I didn't know the importance of the World Trade Center, but I definitely understood the importance of the Pentagon. I lived outside of Camp Lejeune, which is one of the largest Marine Corps bases on the east coast. My classmates and I were basically freaking out, wondering if anybody would attack the base and hurt our families.

     

    9/11 changed my life. My father went from eating almost every dinner with his family, to working 18 hour days for the six months leading up to a deployment, and being deployed for a year at a time (since 9/11 he has been deployed three times) My uncle has just left on his fourth deployment. It is difficult for a family to deal with deployments. Life still goes on while your loved one is in a war zone...I still had to deal with the stresses of school and being a teenager, my mom had to essentially become a single parent to three kids, one of which is special needs. We had to adjust to my dad not being there and then when he gets back, you have to adjust to him be around.

     

    9/11 had to bring me to terms with the mortality of my loved ones...and quite honestly, that is a difficult concept for anyone, especially a kid, to wrap their head around. 9/11 affected the whole world...and continues to affect us today.

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