INDIANAPOLIS (WISH-TV, By Vi Nguyen Published: November 11, 2015, 8:35 am)
An Indianapolis support group is hoping to unite mothers who have children serving our country.
The mission is to help them through the most difficult and challenging times as a parent.
The group called Indy Blue Star Mothers meets once a month in Indianapolis. The mothers get together during that time to share stories about their son or daughter. Members said they have created a special bond, something only they could understand and relate too.
Isaiah Martin, 19, is in the army and is currently stationed in Texas. Autumn Cordell said she’s proud of his decision, but can’t help to worry. “You know we worry every day and wait to hear for that next phone call to make sure that they’re okay,” said Autumn Cordell, mother.
Shelby Sullinger, 22, will soon be deployed. Vicki Sullinger said she thinks about her daughter every day. “She’s my best friend, we talk as much as possible,” said Vicki Sullinger, mother. “We don’t talk every day, but at least every other day.”
The two young adults have never met before, but their mothers have. “You lean on them during the tough times and you have a comradery, an immediate comradery,” said Sullinger.
“I couldn’t imagine going through this alone. I couldn’t imagine,” said Cordell. “I mean it’s been such a saving grace.”
Both are members of Indy Blue Star Mothers. The group launched back in August with more than 10 members. Aside from being there for one another, the group is also planning to do community and volunteer work.
“We have this desire to be patritotic to do something on behalf of our children’s name for the sacrifice that they gave or they are giving,” said Sullinger. “It’s the least we could do.”
The group has been life changing for Cordell. She said it has helped her through the emotional ride of her son being away from home.
“We not only support each other as far as our kids being in the military, but if we have personal struggles of our own, you know some of the moms will step in and say, do you need help?” said Cordell.
Cordell said Sullinger has helped her along the way. Sullinger is the president of the group.
The meetings have been therapeutic for Sullinger. She said it has helped her cope with the subtle reminders that her daughter is giving the ultimate sacrifice.
“Sometimes the tears just roll and there’s no rhyme or reason. It’s just the moment,” said Sullinger. “But you know that there’s another mom out there who feels the same way, who goes through the same things so you have the immediate connection,” said Sullinger.
Indy Blue Star Mothers is hoping to schedule a date to do care packages for our soldiers.
The group is still looking for business partners to help with the cause.
The next monthly meeting is scheduled for Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Financial Center in ndianapolis.