11 Days of Remembrance: Christopher Splinter
Rachel Splinter’s dad, Christopher Splinter, died from a roadside bomb in Iraq. He was more than willing to deploy to Iraq in order to help. Christopher died doing what he loved, which makes Rachel a very proud daughter.
“Growing up without my father has been the most difficult challenge in my life. Not being able to talk to him, go fishing, his absence to scare my prom date, not being able to walk me down the aisle on my future wedding day. I miss my father so much,” explained Rachel Splinter. “What helps me get through the pain is knowing that he died a true American hero, so that we can live free and safely. I know I we will be reunited in heaven someday.”
As Veteran’s Day approaches, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is reminded to never forget the sacrifices that so many soldiers have made. Unfortunately Rachel has class on Veteran’s day, but her University holds activities she attends, such as making thank you cards to soldiers overseas.
Her father would be most proud of her for achieving her Bachelor’s degree and for working towards her Masters. She currently is attending Allen College to receive a Master’s in Occupational Therapy. After she plans to work at a VA hospital assisting disabled veterans in their healing process as they work towards becoming more independent.
“Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation made it possible for me to achieve my degree and work toward my dream of becoming an occupational therapist,” stated Rachel. “I’m sure my father never wanted to leave us, but he and other soldiers would be incredibly grateful to know that there are generous individuals such as Children of Fallen Patriots taking care of their loved ones.”