A mother’s sacrifice
Teota Coppock shares the story of her son Army Sgt. Brandon Parr in this conversation with Jason Comstock and Amy Donaldson. Like many Americans Ain the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, Brandon Parr felt like he had to serve his country in the only way he knew how. While his mother was worried, she was proud of him for putting into action a mantra they’d developed in his childhood – if something needs done, be the one to do it. During Brandon’s second deployment, he was killed, and Teota talks about what it was like before and after she lost her only child. She discusses how she tried to join the military herself, the bond she forged with her daughter-in-law and grandson, and why she’d support her grandson if he decides to follow in his father’s footsteps. The pain for Gold Star parents like Teota never goes away, but it is eased by the pride she feels in the life he lived and the sacrifices he made.