Semper Fi Sisters Beach Blast

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The Semper Fi Sisters will hold its Boxes of Love Packing Party beginning at 10 a.m. ET in the Centennial Building in Port St. Joe.

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Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 09:23 AM.

Emily Hansen found herself and she wasn’t even looking.

She bestows full credit on the Semper Fi Sisters – “That sisterhood” – and the group’s annual Beach Blast, the fifth edition of which began Wednesday with the first arrivals of the women of loved ones in the military deployed overseas.

Before she experienced her first Beach Blast last year, Hansen was lost in a fog of medication and grief, two years lost after the death of her son, deployed with the US Air Force, in Afghanistan Sept. 15, 2010.

Hansen spent those two years following her son’s death on sleeping aids, anti-anxiety medication and anti-depressants.

She had zero desire to travel from her Athens, MI home to Port St. Joe.

She was in no mood for a getaway with other women, aunts, mothers, grandmothers and wives.

Most of whom had not suffered the tragedy that made Hansen a Gold Star mom, “the elephant in the room” who some shun out of fear of reminder of the ultimate sacrifice any of them might have to make.

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