For those that have been following me, know that I am from the little town of Ship Bottom on Long Beach Island on the coastline of New Jersey. Despite what is depicted on MTV’s show the “Jersey Shore,” the town I live in is nothing similar to the show. Ship Bottom is one of a few small towns on our 18-mile island and probably has about 500 residents in the winter months but a few thousand in the summer. The beautiful Island, along with the rest of New Jersey and New York had been due for the “Fifty Year Storm,” and it just so happened to come this past October. Unfortunately, my family was directly impacted by Hurricane Sandy and had to be away from home for five months. Luckily, my loving Uncle opened up his home to us and let us stay with him while the house was being rebuilt. Fortunately, I was able to stay with my family in our house over Easter weekend. Although everything was not finished, it still felt nice to be in my home with everyone.
Despite the delay in returning home my family, with support from our friends and relatives, were able to overcome. I’d like to especially like to thank my Uncle Matt, my best friends Bobby and Brian along with their families for opening their homes to me over winter leave, and lastly my close friends at the Academy (you guys know you who you are) for being my support, I could not have made it through with out you all.
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