New Year, New Hope: Davilyn Castro

Davilyn Castro’s dad, Jeffery Mersman, served in the Army and was killed in action. One of the biggest challenges she faces today is not being able to see her dad anymore. Her dad passed many years ago, but she still thinks about how her family’s future could have been.  

“One of my favorite memories was when I was chatting with my dad online when he was deployed. History was never my strong suit and I remember my dad helping me with one of my assignments when I was in 6th grade. I came home the next day when an A+ on my homework,” explained Davilyn. “I don’t know where my dad was in Afghanistan. I didn’t know if he were safe or not. But he took the moment out of his day to help me with something so little when there were bigger things to worry about” 

Her dad supported her in everything she did no matter what it was. She believes that even though her dad is not physically here with us, he is looking out from above.  

Davilyn is the first person in her entire family to attend a university. She hopes to graduate college and do something she loves.  

“I plan to work for the military some way to give back for all that the military has done for me,” explained Davilyn. “I would love to be an event planner for homecomings, because even though I’ve never experience that I would love to see families come together after a long journey a part. I don’t know what the future holds for me, but I know for sure I’m going to make it memorable.”