War Soldier to Family: Thanks for the Sacrifice
MICHEL MARTIN, host:
And as we maintain an attitude of gratitude, we cannot ignore our servicemen and women, especially those serving overseas. Yolandria Dixon-Carter is a chief warrant officer for the 3rd Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. She joins us by phone from the Multinational Division Center in Iraq.
Welcome, and thank you so much for speaking with us.
Chief Warrant Officer YOLANDRIA DIXON-CARTER (3rd Infantry Division, U.S. Army): My pleasure.
MARTIN: I understand that this is your second deployment to Iraq. You're also a mother. How will you be spending the holiday, and how will your family be spending it?
Chief Warrant Officer DIXON-CARTER: Actually, my spouse is here in Iraq with me, not necessarily by my side but at another location. And he will be spending it traveling to different dining facilities. My daughter is in the States, in Virginia, and she will be spending it with family and friends.
MARTIN: And what about you?
Chief Warrant Officer DIXON-CARTER: I will be spending it here in the Multinational Division Center headquarters, and I will go down to the dining facility, just feast on some great food.
MARTIN: Do you feel like you're making a sacrifice on a day like Thanksgiving?
Chief Warrant Officer DIXON-CARTER: To be honest with you, I feel like that my daughter has made the ultimate sacrifice for me in support of what I am doing for my country and for the Army. So do I necessarily feel like I am making a sacrifice? I humbly say no.
MARTIN: What are you thankful for this holiday?
Chief Warrant Officer DIXON-CARTER: I am thankful for life, health and strength. I'm just thankful for being surrounded by people who care. You know, the support channels, near and far, is incredibly great. And I'm just so very thankful that I'm able to see yet another day, another Thanksgiving.
MARTIN: Has your time in the service, especially your time overseas, has that change the way you think about any of these things, days like Thanksgiving and things like that?
Chief Warrant Officer DIXON-CARTER: I would tell you, yes, ma'am, it does. It really hits home to you and makes you truly appreciate what you have and stop wanting more and more and more, and just celebrate life and what you have. It does. Each time I'm separated from my family and the things that, you know, the convenience of home, I appreciate it more and more and more. You just have to treasure and embrace what you have.
MARTIN: Well, we wanted to call you because we wanted to tell you that we appreciate you and all that you're doing. And I just wondered if you feel that the country appreciates you and your fellow service members.
Chief Warrant Officer DIXON-CARTER: Absolutely. I think the support is incredible on the other side - back at home, all around actually. I think it's just incredible, the outpour of the support, the peer package, the Operation Helping Hand, everything. I think everybody is truly supporting the troops over here. And I just want to say thank you on behalf of all of us over here. We truly thank you for your support.
MARTIN: Well, thank you. Chief Warrant Officer Yolandria Dixon-Carter joined us on the phone from Iraq.
Chief, thank you so much for speaking with us. Thank you for your service and Happy Thanksgiving to you.
Chief Warrant Officer DIXON-CARTER: Same to you. Happy Thanksgiving to you all too. Thank you and God bless.
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