A few months ago when Ty first deployed, I read about an organization that produced arm bands/bracelets, created from donated military uniforms -- Bands for Arms.
According to the B4A website:
Bands For Arms was created by Nicanor P. Mendoza III to bring awareness and support to our American military, by having Service Members, their families, and all of our patrons display their support with a bracelet made from an actual Service Member's uniform. We at Bands For Arms Int'l Inc., are proud to be able to recognize all five military branches with our bands, and hopefully help Service Members and their families feel CONNECTED.
I ordered four different bands, grateful that the U.S. Coast Guard was included (many opportunities for military families often leave out our Coast Guard men and women). And this past week, our bands arrived -- each one beautifully packaged with a photograph and card detailing the information about the soldier who donated a uniform to create the band.
Aidan now proudly wears a USCG blue band, as do I. Our sweet little Paige is still a bit young to sport one of her own, but she adores playing with the bands on both her big brother's and mother's arms, where they will remain until Daddy gets back.
Our bands won't bring him home any sooner, but they help us remember why he is where he is, and that he loves us.