We’re all high fives over our most recent Viva Babe, Mary, recognized through our “It’s Not About the Bag” program!

Mary is someone who inspires all who know her by her strength and dedication. She is the mother of four and when her youngest son turned 18, he enlisted in the Marine Corp and left immediately after high school graduation for Iraq. Mary’s nominator and daughter Monique shared with us: “[My mom] became depressed and isolated.” Wondering if other military mothers shared her sadness, Mary placed an ad in the local newspaper calling for others in her situation. More than 15 women reached out. Eventually, the group grew to become the “Military Moms and Wives of Brazoria County (MMWBC)”, a massive group of volunteers providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and their families. Her son did 3 tours in Iraq and was honorably discharged years ago, yet Mary continues to lead MMWBC and has done so for over 15 years. Monique also shared: “I have watched a mother that was timid, scared, not very outgoing and very little self-esteem become this woman with a loud voice, able to inspire businesses and volunteers to donate time, money and supplies to send thousands and thousands of care packages twice a year to American Heroes overseas…” What a hero!

Mary’s motto is: “Freedom isn’t free,” and her actions prove she’s committed to supporting those who fight daily for it. To learn more about MMWBC, see http://www.militarymomsandwive...