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Hi,my name is Carolyn Cooper, and welcome to my page. I feel I have one of the best jobs in the world and I don't get paid to do it! What job can be that good and not pay one cent in salary? Working with Combat Wounded Vetrans of our great country and their families. Now don't get me wrong, I do not believe The Military Order of the Purple Heart and Its Ladies Auxiliary Units are the "only" veterans oraganization and auxiliary units; only the best one.

Besides being the Past President for Region 5, I am also past Department President of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Military Order of the Purple Heart Department of Texas; I am Past Auxiliary President to Robert E. Binford Post 8553 Veterans of Foreign Wars and Past Auxiliary President for District 29 (Two Terms)Department of Texas VFW. I am also Past President of the Ladies Auxiliary Unit to Bosque Valley Chapter 4077 Military Order of the Purple Heart. I was also the Charter President. My late husband, Bob, "Doc" is a Past Chapter Commander and is the Charter Commander of the Chapter. We are also both members of Clifton Chapter 283 Order of the Eastern Star.

I live about 38 miles north west of Waco in the Heart of Texas; in the city of Clifton. I have three wonderful children and six wonderful grand children. If you are not familiar with Clifton, we are the official Norweigian Capitol of Texas.

The Military Wife

I am a military wife - a member of that sisterhood of women who have had the courage to watch their men go into battle, and the strength to survive until their return. Our sorority knows no rank, for we earn our membership with a marriage license, traveling over miles, or over nations to begin a new life with our military husbands. Within days, we turn a barren, echoing building into a home, and though our quarters are inevitably white-walled and unpapered, we decorate with the treasures of our travels, for we shop the markets of the globe. Using hammer and nail, we tack our pictures to the wall, and our roots to the floor as firmly as if we had lived there for a lifetime. We hold a family together by the bootstraps, and raise the best of "brats," instilling in them the motto, "Home is togetherness", whether motel, or guest house, apartment or duplex. As military wives we soon realize that the only good in "Good-bye" is the "Hello again." For as salesmen for freedom, our husbands are often on the road, at sea, or in the sky, leaving us behind for a week, a month, an assignment. During separations we guard the home front, existing until the homecoming. Unlike our civilian counterparts, we measure time, not by years, but by tours - married at Ft. Worth, a baby born at Colorado, a special anniversary at Charleston, a promotion in San Juan. We plant trees, and never see them grow tall, work on projects completed long after our departure, and enhance our community for the betterment of those who come after us. We leave a part of ourselves at every stop. Through experience, we have learned to pack a suitcase, a car or hold baggage, and live indefinitely from the contents within: and though our fingers are sore from the patches we have sewn, and the silver we have shined, our hands are always ready to help those around us. Women of peace, we pray for a world in harmony, for the flag that leads our men into battle, will also blanket them in death. Yet we are an optimistic group, thinking of the good, and forgetting the bad, cherishing yesterday, while anticipating tomorrow. Never rich by monetary standards, our hearts are overflowing with a wealth of experiences common only to those united by the special tradition of military life. We pass on this legacy to every military bride, welcoming her with outstretched arms, with love and friendship, from one sister to another, sharing in the bounty of our unique, fulfilling military way of life.

The Silent Ranks
I wear no uniforms, no blues or army greens.
But I am in the military in the ranks rarely seen.
I have no rank upon my shoulders.
Salutes I do not give.
But the military world is the place where I live.
I'm not in the chain of command, orders I do not get.
But my husband is the one who does, this I can not forget.
I'm not the one who fires the weapon, who puts my life on the line.
I'm the one that's left behind.
My husband is a patriot, a brave and prideful man and the call to serve his country not all can understand.
Behind the lines I see the things needed to keep this country free.
My husband makes the sacrifice.
But so do our kids and me.
I love the man I married.
Soldiering is his life.
But I stand among the silent ranks
known as the Military Wife.



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My Favorite Web Sites

Angelfire - Free Home Pages
MOPH Auxiliary Unit 4077

The Military Order of the Purple Heart Home Page
A GREAT SITE for NAVY CPO's SCPO's, Master Chief Petty Officers and their wives
HMC Harry Penny (USN, Ret.)
A Place for Women Vets With PTSD
The Department of Veterans Affairs
Social Security Administration
An OLD grunt soldier's page
Myths and Information Concerning The Viet Nam War
Central Texas Veterans Health Care System
June Ball's Purple Heart Page
Wannabes Don't Wannabe Here!!
The Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW


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