Between the ups and downs of deployments and daily life, Veteran families often have to overcome many obstacles. According to Defense Department statistics, over the last five years, the active-duty military includes nearly 73,000 single parents, which is a little over five percent of the total force.
The Army leads the way with more than 35,000 single parents and, according to a 2009 report by nonpartisan nonprofit organization Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, nearly 30,000 single mothers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan over the last 10 years to carry out missions.
Staff Sergeant Rosyna Stewart, the 2014 recipient of the Salute Gala’s Outstanding Veteran Family Award, knows firsthand the aforementioned statistics. Stewart is a single mother and veteran, who works every day to make sure her children have a good life.