Celebrating the life of my own lost hero.

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Many know that my world came crashing down on October 11, 2011 when news arrived that my precious 24-year-old son was killed in Afghanistan. It’s been a journey for sure, and I’ve learned a lot about my son, the Marines and being a therapist dealing with my my own grieving process. My goal has been to make lemonade out of lemons, and one of the ways I do that is to keep Benjamin’s memory alive. Hey, if a mom isn’t going to do it, who will?

In my family I have always been the historian. I’ve been taking photos and videos since I can remember, so you can imagine that I have piles of footage of my children that in the past have sat in drawers or closets collecting dust. Now that Benjamin is gone, I make it a point to pull out the photos and videos and create a little movie to commemorate his birthday. On July 6 he would have been 27 and I issued yet another movie called, “From BenjaBOY to BenjaMAN. It is a total act of love for my son and it helps me so much to make it, and to share it. For those that didn’t know him or know him well, I hope it brings him to life.

Here it is … From BenjaBOY to BenjaMAN

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