Two New Organizations come together to Support Troops

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

ODESSA- Keeping the memory alive and coping with the loss of child is the aim of a new support group for families in the Basin, who lost loved ones in combat. Families of Fallen Heros, started with two women, Sylvia Macias and Denise Garza, whose son's died in duty.

"I believe God didn't make a mistake when he took our boys, that's my strength and that's what keeps me going and having Denise as a friend, we have been able stay up late talking about our boys," said Sylvia Macias.

Eight Odessa families, who lost loved ones, met last Saturday.

"It was so powerful to know they were there for the same reasons they want someone to talk to, they want that support and every single one of us understood each other, we understood the pain," said Macias.

"Life went on but when you walk inside your home it really hasn't, So you always need someone to talk to at two o'clock in the morning, and we're there to listen," said Denise Garza.

Another new group spreading it's patriotic wings is the brain child of Vickie Gomez who imported the idea from Dallas. Gomez started The Permian Basin Supports our Soldiers, by gathering phone and email lists last month and the organization already has 117 members.

"It's about our young men and women who are making the ultimate sacrifice, So you and I can go around doing our daily things and not worrying about tomorrow," said Gomez, who wants to send this message to the troops, "This isn't about whether or not we support the war,  this is about you. You are serving your country, you are doing your duty. We love you and we thank you for what you are doing."

If you would like to get involved with either group you can contact Families of Fallen Heros at 889-8774 or Permian Basin Supports our Soldiers at 687-0513.