Digna Love came to the United States from her native Saint Lucia in 2001. She settled in Florida and worked as a nanny for many years before deciding to complete her education, first at Palm Beach State College, and later at Everglades University, where she studied Alternative Medicine. Today, she is a holistic healer and the founder of a company called Love and Sunshine.
She is the mother of three children, the youngest of whom is nearing her second birthday, and the oldest of whom is in his early twenties. “My oldest son joined the army as soon as he turned eighteen because I was a single mother in college myself, and was not able to afford to send him to college,” Digna Love says. “It’s hard having him away, but he visits whenever he can; and he’s learning the skills needed to make a positive impact.”
Her experiences as a parent with a beloved child in the military is mirrored by millions of others whose offspring are in the service. For many such parents, having their child away and in the military is very difficult, especially with the United States engaged in dangerous conflicts in distant lands. But most are proud that their sons and daughters have voluntarily elected to serve their country.
Like all parents, Digna Love wants the best for all of her children. Joining the Army can be the first step on a meaningful and rewarding career; it trains and prepares young people for the future. It offers stable yet challenging career opportunities with plenty of promotions and responsibilities. The military, according to official numbers, provides training in more than four thousand specialties, many of which will transfer easily and seamlessly to civilian careers. Servicemen and women also have such benefits as health and dental care, up to thirty days of paid vacation each year, veteran’s benefits, competitive pay, and early retirement programs.
That can help to ease many of the concerns parents have, as they watch the child they raised from an infant go off to military service. It is a common sentiment among military families that they may not always agree with the foreign policy of their government, but they will always support the troops.
As she counts the days until her son comes home again, Digna Love keeps busy with Love and Sunshine. She says the business will have many branches, half of them spiritual in nature. At present she is concentrating on Gems by Love and Sunshine, for which she makes jewelry with gemstones, crystals, and fine metals.