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My mother, Oralia (Lali) Lopez, is very special due to the following reasons:
My mom married an Air Force military member. When my dad was deployed to isolated duty, my mom stayed behind to care for my sister and me. When my mom was expecting my first brother, my dad received orders to Japan and had to leave us behind til he got settled. My mom had to make all the arrangements to move us overseas to be with our dad. With no family members to help and support my mom other than my dad and us, my brother was born.
My dad was then sent to England, and again my mom, now with three young children, had to make all the moving arrangements by herself to move us overseas to be with our dad. Then, my second brother was born, again, without any of her family or my dad's family members present.
While stationed in Germany, my mom was recogized by Tad J. Oelstrom, Brigadier General, USAF and Commander of Operation Desert Storm, for her outstanding service in support of ODS.
My mom, while being in the military, organized and spearheaded numerous benefits and supporting drives to help and support young airmen and single-parent military members.
Currently, my mom is employed by VISD where she is currently the food service manager at Torres Elementary School. While working for VISD she has helped and encouraged many persons to progress, get a better education and seek higher expectations of themselves.
During times of need and hardship, my mom has even housed families (during Katrina) to help out.
For my mom's unselfish acts and giving of herself to help others, not afraid to roll up her sleeves and do her part while in and out of the military, I think she is most deserving of being recognized as being special.
Victoria Lopez, daughter

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Why my mom, Oralia Lopez, is so special ...

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My mother, Oralia (Lali) Lopez, is very special due to the following reasons: My mom married an Air Force military member. When my dad was deployed to isolated duty, my mom stayed behind to care for my sister and me. When my mom was expecting my first brother, my dad received orders to Japan and had to leave us behind til he got settled. My mom had to make all the arrangements to move us overseas to be with our dad. With no family members to help and support my mom other than my dad and us, my brother was born. My dad was then sent to England, and again my mom, now with three young children, had to make all the moving arrangements by herself to move us overseas to be with our dad. Then, my second brother was born, again, without any of her family or my dad's family members present. While stationed in Germany, my mom was recogized by Tad J. Oelstrom, Brigadier General, USAF and Commander of Operation Desert Storm, for her outstanding service in support of ODS. My mom, while being in the military, organized and spearheaded numerous benefits and supporting drives to help and support young airmen and single-parent military members. Currently, my mom is employed by VISD where she is currently the food service manager at Torres Elementary School. While working for VISD she has helped and encouraged many persons to progress, get a better education and seek higher expectations of themselves. During times of need and hardship, my mom has even housed families (during Katrina) to help out. For my mom's unselfish acts and giving of herself to help others, not afraid to roll up her sleeves and do her part while in and out of the military, I think she is most deserving of being recognized as being special. Victoria Lopez, daughter

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