After the birth, Crista was still groggy from the medication when she saw Theran crying on screen and heard their baby’s first cries.
It took another two and a half months before Theran could hold his son in his arms.
Crista said, “Most military husbands don’t get to meet their newborns until much later. I’m really thankful and blessed.”
During Crista’s pregnancy, she had no help from family or old friends because they lived too far away. She did, however, have the support of other military wives. They still keep in touch today. It was a military liaison that told Crista about ways the Red Cross could help her connect with Theran when she went into labor. After Crista called the Red Cross Hero Care Network, the Red Cross notified Theran’s chain of command that Crista was in labor and arranged the Skype connection with the hospital.
Today, Theran is in the process of being medically boarded out of the military where he served for six and a half years.
“I have evolved as a person because of his love. I’m stronger and better because of Theran,” said Crista. “He’s a hero to me and our children.”
Theran was a combat engineer during his service in the military. Now he’s in college to become a biologist. Crista is enrolled in a nursing program and is a blood donor ambassador for the Red Cross. Both are full-time students. Both are A students. Crista jokes that when they get together as a family in the evening, they all spend their time at the dining table doing homework.
“People often ask me, ‘How do you do it?’” Crista said. “But nothing is as hard as military life. When my husband got hurt—it just made me appreciate everything more. Even though we’re really busy with soccer, girl scouts—all the kids’ activities---nothing is as hard as military life. I’m grateful to the Red Cross for their help to make the Skype connection happen, and to my husband’s friends in the 234 Combat Engineers.”
The American Red Cross Hero Care Network is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You can contact the center by phone or online. To learn more, go to the center’s webpage at: Red Cross Emergency Contact Center. The Red Cross also provides military families with other resources such as Deployment Services andHomecoming and Reconnection Workshops.