A Son's Blessing From Afghanistan

By: Stephanie Ross Email
By: Stephanie Ross Email

A military deployment is a hard thing for any family to go through. The separation from the ones you love and the events you miss, might make it the hardest.

Commander Bill Anderson was sent to Afghanistan last August and he knew he would miss a milestone in his son Brian's life. But commander Anderson did what he could to make an appearance.

Looking around the fathers blessing at Colorado Springs Christian School, you see student after student with their dad. Everyone, but Brian.

"He's fighting in the war, but not really, he's trying tell the Afghani's to stop trying to kill people," Brian tells 11 News.

Brian's dad, Commander Bill Anderson is fighting in Afghanistan, and he knew when he left, he'd be missing out on a lot over the year.
"He's going to go from 9 to 10 and that's a huge gap. That's what I'm going to miss the most," he says.

"It was very difficult, because I'm not going to be here for an important event in his life."

But the commander didn't want to be absent from the day altogether, even though he was thousands of miles away, so he taped this blessing to his son before he left. So that he could still be there, somehow.

But even though Brian got to watch his dad read his blessing, Commander Anderson missed seeing the tears in his son's eyes, on that very special day.

Brian's dad will be coming home after his tour this August.


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  • by Sharon Location: Colorado Springs on May 5, 2008 at 11:06 PM
    Bill,I just want you to know how proud we are of you serving our country. I know of your story "A Son's Blessing" firsthand as I work with Kim and know how much this story has meant to both Brian and her. She is a proud wife and wonderful mother and friend. Brian is such a cheerful and friendly young man and I know he misses you very much. We all pray for your safe return. Thank you to KKTV for telling their heartfelt story.
  • by Gregg Location: Colorado Springs on May 5, 2008 at 08:48 AM
    Brian, We are proud of your dad and are continuing to pray for you (and your Mom). You are a huge inspiration to your father. Know that he loves you and cares deeply for you. Gregg
  • by Don (AF Retired) Location: C/S on May 3, 2008 at 06:58 PM
    What an awesome story and a first class action by the KKTV team. God Bless CDR and thank you for your service.
  • by Kathy Location: Colorado Springs on May 3, 2008 at 02:08 PM
    Thank you Bill for all that you do over there! Your family misses you greatly and we all look forward to your safe return in August! -your newest cousin Kathy
  • by CDR Bill Anderson Location: Kandahar, Afghanistan on May 3, 2008 at 11:49 AM
    I just want to extend my heartfelt thanks to the entire crew & staff at KKTV News. I truly appreciate what you did for my son Brian and more importantly how you were able to highlight his important day. Thanks for all the support to the US Forces who are deployed across the globe. CDR Bill Anderson Kandahar Airfield Saturday, 03 MAY 08
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