Blue Star Mothers

Mothers Left Behind

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By Sherri Williams
News21 / Syracuse University

Daralyn Hollenbeck almost crumbled before her only son went off to war in Iraq.

She didn’t know how to say goodbye to Josh Hollenbeck, 29, without falling apart.

Her worries overwhelmed her. Daralyn crawled into bed late one night about a week before her son’s deployment and cried uncontrollably.

What if he doesn’t come back?

Finding A Community

Hollenbeck passes a sign up sheet for NCW Blue Star Mothers. Photo by:Kelly West

I really try not to cry when I'm working. Party because I think its a little unprofessional, and partly because it makes it hard to focus my camera. During this project, though, people share such personal and emotional experiences with you that sometimes its hard not to. Last night was definitely one of those moments.

Mothers unite

Daralyn Hollenbeck, Blue Star Mothers organizer Photo by: Sherri Williams

When Daralyn Hollenbeck saw mothers of soldiers at war she always thought the women handled the stress of having a child at battle with ease.

"When it happened to me I realized it wasn't so easy," said Hollenbeck, 51, of Oroville whose son Josh Hollenbeck was deployed to Iraq in February. "The biggest thing that surprised me was how deploy I feared for him."

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