“Today” Mother’s Day special to feature Soisson family

Author: Shannon Chapla


Lt. Col. Susan Soisson, an assistant program manager in the University of Notre Dames Division of Student Affairs who is wrapping up a year of service inOperation Iraqi Freedom,will be reunited with her husband and four children via satellite Wednesday (May 9) on the NBC television program “Today.”

Part of a Mothers Day special honoringmagnificent moms,the segment is scheduled to air between 7 and10 a.m.Soisson will be able to see and talk with her husband Tom, aSouth Bendpediatrician, and their children, Allie, Adam, Claire and Annelyse, fromCamp Arifjan,Kuwait, where she is stationed with the U.S. Armys 336 th Transportation Group.

Soisson, on military leave from Notre Dame where she also serves as advisor for the Student International Business Council, conducts military mission work inIraqandKuwaitwith her unit, which transports supplies and equipment to and from bases inIraq.

Its ironic that while being away from my children, I have learned so much about being a mother,Soisson said.I am especially proud of our kids.This could have been a very difficult year, but each has risen to the occasion. Claire collected and sent hundreds of pillowcases to me to be distributed to our soldiers.Adam is working on a Web-based programfor soldiers who dont have e-mail.We all are helping to write a book to be posted on military family support Web sites.

Soisson, who was able to come home for a two-week visit over Christmas, hopes to be home for good in time for her youngest daughters 11 th birthday July 26.

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