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(KCEN) -- It's a day to spend time with mom and show how much you care, but for military mothers it can be bittersweet. Cindy Burns of Killeen grew up in a military family and married a member of the Army, but she says she was still surprised when her son told her he was going into the Navy.

Andrew Atchison left for boot camp in Pensacola, Florida last year, an adjustment that wasn't easy for Cindy.
"He left in November," she said. "So it was Thanksgiving...Christmas...and now it's the first Mother's Day. He's always been home for every holiday."
Her first Mother's Day without Andrew...and it won't be the last. He'll come home to Killeen for a quick visit in a few weeks before he heads to Japan for two years. Burns says as a new military mother, it's hard to give up your kids, but she couldn't be more proud.
"It's worth it," she said. "It's worth it knowing that your kids are out there protecting our country...and to be so proud of them. I am so proud of my son, I can't say that enough."
She thinks it's clear that Andrew made the best decision when he joined the Navy, because he's happy about what he's doing and the sacrifice he's making.

     
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