Operation Graduation a Success

1 decade 2 years 2 months ago Friday, December 16 2005 Dec 16, 2005 Friday, December 16, 2005 5:43:20 PM CST December 16, 2005 in News

Friday was the first time Nicole Passini had seen her dad since he left in August.  "When I walked in the room my stomach hit the floor because I couldn't believe it was happening," said Passini.

Mitch Passini found out about the "Operation Graduation" program from the internet and told Nicole to get in contact with the coordinator in Columbia.  "I made a couple phone calls, and they took care of the rest," Passini said. "And that's wonderful that people are there to help you do that."

The program is through a department of the Missouri Extension that has connections with the National Guard.  They've made it possible for parents to watch more than 50 graduations around the state.  They can also bring families together at different events and celebrations.

"If you've ever seen a child go up and kiss the screen of a deployed parent, you'd see how important it is," explained Missouri Extension's Keith Crumley.  And Nicole agrees."The fact that he can be here is the best thing for me all day," she said.

"I appreciate everyone who enabled me to do that," Mitch Passini said.

Families can go to www.moguard.com to try and connect with a loved one.  The extension has satellite links at more than 140 locations around the state.

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