CUDAHY, Wis. (SPECTRUM NEWS)— At the beginning of each day, Jim Nygaard hangs a blue star banner. It’s a symbol showing he has two sons deployed overseas.
“I just can’t express how proud that makes me,” Father, Jim Nygaard said.
His sons, Logan and Jacob are in the National Guard and are currently deployed in Afghanistan.
“I’m just very proud of what they have done and the men thwart they are. they have such needed in the training that they went through and i am just proud of everything that they have done,” Nygaard said.
He is a proud father who has a history of service himself.
“Before I got out of grade school I knew that’s what I wanted to do,” Nygaard said,
He was a paratrooper who also attended West Point. However, he wasn’t the only one in his family who attended West Point. In fact, all three of his other brothers did as well.
“My older brother who is actually eleven years older than me was actually the first to attend West Point,” Nygaard said.
Which meant following not too far behind was Jim and his twin bother, then their youngest brother as well.
“Looking back and seeing that was something you were able to accomplish it is really something to be proud of,” Nygaard said.
Also, seeing as though Jim’s dad and uncle were also in the military, it’s no surprise his sons made the decision to serve.
“This time around I kind of found out it’s a little more different. It’s like what my wife went through when I was gone,” Nygaard said.
His wife Tammy is no stranger to the military either. She grew up with family members who served in the military as well.
“It means a lot for them to do. kind of what their dad does and they really have a good bonding with it to. they get together and let them talk Army,” Mother, Tammy Nygaard said.
Now, although their two sons are overseas serving their country, they are able to keep in contact through snap chat and video calls.
“You can visit with them just over a snapchat and go they got my package and that just makes your day it really does,” Tammy Nygaard said.
The parents say there is never a single moment that goes by without the thought of their boys. They also end each night as the day began; by taking a moment to look at their blue star banner before retiring it for the night.
They sit and admire it as they patiently await the return of their sons.
The Nygaards say their sons are hoping to return back home sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.