Earlier this morning, our grandfather, Orin Carver, passed away. My little sister, Kristina Carver, is stationed aboard the USS Rushmore, headed toward a war zone. Not only did our grandfather serve in the Navy, he's the one that convinced Kristina to serve our country. But we're being told she can't attend his funeral.
Kristina's husband called the Red Cross's emergency communication services for service members abroad. They told him they would help get her home to grieve, and our whole family was elated. It would mean so much to have Kristina home for the funeral.
But then we received another call saying that, sadly, our request was denied because our grandfather is not considered "immediate" family. But to us, he was a father figure. We grew up in a single-parent home. While our dad was working countless hours to pay bills, feed us, and put clothes on our backs, our grandparents were raising us, a total of seven girls. Our grandparents were not "extended" family; they were most definitely "immediate" and our Grandfather was most definitely a father.
Please help us get our sister home so she can mourn the loss of a sailor, a hero, and a parent.
Thank You and God Bless,
The Carver Girls