A "Purple Heart" Warming Mother's Day

Mother's Day in the Merrill household touches many hearts. The reason behind it all started eight years ago when daughter, Cindy Hall broke some intense news.

"It was Mother's Day of 2004 that she told me she was going to Iraq," said Christine Merrill, Cindy's Mother.

A member of the Army, Cindy was sent to do a tour in Iraq.

"As volatile as everything that was going on, she was only 19. Ya know, we were pretty fearful of her going over there," said Merrill.

Those fears became reality, when a roadside bomb rocked the gunner truck Cindy was riding in.

"There was an explosion, and then when I woke up I was like on the floor of the truck, I couldn't hear, and I don't really remember a lot of it," recalls Cindy Hall, Purple Heart Recipient.

She came out of the explosion with only a concussion, but her wounds went deeper than on the surface. To this day she experiences migraines, some hearing loss and post traumatic stress disorder.

"After the accident had happened, they put in for me to get the Purple Heart. But at that time they didn't believe that just having like head trauma was an actual reason to get a Purple Heart," said Hall.

But with encouragement from her family and her mother, Cindy applied for the purple heart again last year. This time she was granted her wish.

"Knowing what she went through, know that she is here with us this mothers day. It's just been terrific," said Merrill.

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