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Military family's mission: to help foster kids

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Brandon Redmon has 15 years of active military service and often is deployed overseas. But that hasn't stopped his family's commitment to helping here at home. They're serving their country and a community of kids in a way that's "What's Right With Tampa Bay."

Rebecca Brandon says raising a family is "not always easy, but it is very rewarding."

Brandon Redmon is her husband. They have two sons: 8-year-old Bryan and 5-year-old Braydon.

But they didn't stop there. Earlier this year, the Redmons added to their family by becoming foster parents to 8-year-old Marissa and 4-year-old Kayla.

"It's not something that you take lightly," Brandon said. "These are two lives that you are influencing, you're molding, you're making members of society, so it's something that my wife and I take very dear to our heart."

A special commitment made especially challenging given Brandon's military duties and long stretches overseas. But he's not alone.

"It's a hero's job being a foster parent. This is a hero's work," said Laura Llyn Segur of Eckerd Community Alternatives, a community-based child welfare service. "They are heroes as well as men and women who go into the military. So what they are both doing, it's like they are a hero twice."

When Brandon's gone, Rebecca is the sole parent at home. She's a hero as well in what can be a stressful environment.

"I mean it definitely is, but I don't really dwell on it," Rebecca said. "I'm focused on the kids and things that I need to do."

Honor, duty, service -- the credo of the military. It's also the foundation to build a stable, loving family in the hearts of these foster parents.

"We're bettering other people, but in turn we are bettering ourselves," Brandon said.

It's a challenge the Redmons are glad that they have taken on.

"We love them. They have touched our hearts," Rebecca. "We feel that they are a good fit for our family."

A fit so good, the Redmons are moving forward with adoption to give these little girls a permanent place to call home.

Eckerd Community Alternatives, which licenses foster parents, says there are nine other military foster families in the Tampa Bay area.

With more than 2,500 kids in foster care, more are needed. If you are interested in helping, follow this link:

www.fosteringtampabay.org

 

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