During the Month of the Military Family, we honor and appreciate the strength, resilience, and unwavering support of military families. Thank you for your sacrifices and contributions to our nation's well-being.
Project Sanctuary is thrilled to showcase the Christy family!
We are Brad and Rebecca Christy. Brad has been in the Army for 24 years and is currently stationed at Fort Liberty (Bragg) in NC. Our kids are Catherine (23) and her husband, Micah (23); Caroline (21), and Hannah (18). We have two dogs, Miley and Gil. Catherine and Micah graduated earlier this year from Clemson (also, Brad’s alma mater) and The Citadel, respectively, and then got married last month and now live in Atlanta. Caroline is in school at Liberty University, and Hannah is in school at Greenville Technical College.
Bradley has been deployed to the Middle East four times, and while he has remained safe throughout each one, we have had some devastating situations at home during his deployments, which makes navigating all of that much more difficult. Our oldest daughter, Alex, passed away in 2015 when she was 24, just six weeks after Bradley’s father had passed away, while Bradley was in Kuwait. Trying to make sure the younger kids were okay, while Brad was overseas, and Brad having to grieve while so far away from family, was exceptionally hard for us. It’s what led us to Project Sanctuary in 2016, when Brad was looking at potential resources to help us when he got home.
We are an unusual military family, because Brad has always been in the Reserves, so we haven’t PCS’d. He has always either been deployed, and worked a civilian job between deployments, or has been a geo bachelor. Currently, he lives near Fort Bragg during the week, and comes home on the weekend, which is its own kind of hardship. But, there are some of the soldiers that Brad has been deployed with who were there for him during his lowest times, and have continued to reach out to me during his most recent deployment, and that’s a kind of community that I don’t think you find in other careers.
Looking forward, I stay busy while he’s gone, and my favorite way to do that is to volunteer at as many Project Sanctuary retreats as I can, so I’m already anxiously awaiting the retreats lined up for 2024! We will be empty nesters soon, and are looking forward to traveling together some more, and just enjoying this next phase of life. Brad is currently working toward his next promotion to Lt. Colonel, so that’s going to keep him pretty busy for a while.
Thank you Christy Family for your service and sacrifice to our nation, and your unwavering support of Project Sanctuary!