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Published January 30 2010

‘Marine Moms’ to meet

A West Fargo mom is working with other local women to establish a support group for mothers of U.S. Marines.

Ruth Danuser’s 19-year-old son, Lance Cpl. Jake Danielson, was deployed to Afghanistan in October and is due back in mid-May. When Danielson enlisted for Marine Corps training in summer 2008, Danuser was able to connect with other parents of Marines from the Red River Valley.

Over the past several months, Danuser and other local “Marine Moms” have talked through e-mail and shared advice and stories about what they go through while their children serve overseas, often in combat situations.

“It’s very emotional,” Danuser said. “People can be sounding boards for each other.”

Today will be the first time Danuser and most of the other seven women in the informal support group meet face-to-face for the first time.

She said they hope to continue meeting about once a month and encourage other mothers of local Marines to join their ranks.

Of the eight women, their children’s Marine experiences range from one who left for boot camp in December to another who’s in his fourth tour abroad.

“You have this common denominator that you share,” Danuser said of the women. “You become a family without the bloodlines.”

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Readers can reach Forum reporter Kristen Daum at (701) 241-5541