The best part about leaving is coming home.
At least according to National Guard Staff Sgt. Stephanie Spanton, 31, of Ballston Spa, who recently returned from a 12 month deployment in Iraq and Kuwait. Sgt. Spanton, along with 2nd Lt. Andrew Shaw, 27, of Troy, explained her time overseas to a group of Capital Communications Federal Credit Union employees' children, as a special program incorporated into this year's annual Take Your Child to Work Day on Wednesday, April 16, at the credit union's main office in Albany.
The idea to bring the Troops to the annual bring-your-child to work event was the brainchild of several Capital Communications employees, including Foundation Administrator Vice Chairperson Bob Bascom.
But not only did the Credit Union want the children to prepare packages for the troops they wanted the children to hear what life is like as a soldier overseas. Sgt. Spanton and Lt. Shaw showed the children a PowerPoint presentation, explaining their experiences and what it means to serve the country.
All of us raised our right hands and decided to go over there and fight together," said Sgt. Spanton, "Do you know why? Because we're all Americans."
After the presentation, the children, ranging in age from 5 to 12, chose partners and filled cardboard boxes with items they picked out of a pile in the corner of the room.
Bascom said that while Capital Communications, a union with over 66,000 members, is involved with two drives throughout each year where items are collected to make packages for troops who are overseas. However, this year, the credit union decided to put the children and grandchildren of their own employees to work for a good cause in creating packages filled with food, games and toys for soldiers craving little pieces of home to hold on to.