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Murphy’s Military Law

FROM: COMMANDING GENERAL, MARINE CORPS MOBILIZATION COMMAND
TO: CORPORAL TIMOTHY R PILLON
SUBJ: ORDERED TO ACTIVATION-PARTIAL MOBILIZATION

1. YOU HAVE BEEN INVOLUNTARILY ORDERED TO ACTIVE DUTY FROM YOUR RESIDENCE IN SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARED UNDER PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION 7463 OF 14 SEPTEMBER 2001…

Thus begins the letter stuffed inside the Fed-Ex package Shannon Pillon found on her doorstep one random, ordinary day. And yes, the original is written in all caps. Her husband, Tim, left home May 1, 2008, to report for duty. This is why so many photographers nationwide donate time, talents and personal profits to Operation: Love in support of military troops who ask for nothing more than to return home at the end of their tour.

It was Op: Love that led Shannon to me, but it’s Murphy’s Military Law that we have both faced head-on that bonds us. Murphy’s Military Law: it will all come crashing down in the face of deployment. I have several deployment stories that are almost too unbelievable to share — pregnant and alone with a one-year-old in a new city, no furniture and no friends or family nearby, sleeping on an air mattress for 2 months waiting for our household goods to arrive from overseas; a lightening storm crashing a neighbor’s 80-foot Elm into our home, knocking out the power and heat and causing $30K worth of damage while I cared for two-under-two, one of whom was extremely sick; or the times I got sick and could barely drag myself to change diapers and feed my babies…sound familiar? Any Murphy’s Military Law stories to share?

In a frantic rush to squeeze the Pillon family in for photos before Tim’s departure, we worked first around the family’s biggest nightmare — an involuntary recall and a one-year deployment to Iraq — only to face the second biggest nightmare, Mom needing emergency surgery, only to face the third biggest nightmare, their youngest son needs surgery on the horizon. One thing I’ll say for military families: it’s times like these that we help our own. Please extend your thoughts, words of encouragement and prayers to the Pillon family, Tim for defending our freedoms and Shannon for being the glue that holds it all together in his absence.

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  • miette legrand - There is no law in Murphy’s book more true than the one that says “anything that can go wrong will go wrong…all at once when your spouse is deployed”  From termite infestations and flooded basesments full of personal belongings, to car crashes and sudden illnesses you just never know what you’re going to get.  The one constant has been the support of family and the military community around us, and the strength we’ve found in ourselves that we never knew we had–and probably wouldn’t have discovered any other way.  To paraphrase Mother Teresa: “I know God won’t give me more than I can handle, I just wish he didn’t consider me so capable”.  All our prayers and thoughts are with your family, and with all of our deployed troops on this Memorial Day.ReplyCancel

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