Jaye Lene Long, a 3 Blue Star Mom, was honored to receive the esteemed Seven Seals Award for her extraordinary patriotic support through three of her four sons, who are currently serving in the military. The award was presented to Long November 5, by Patrick Kuykendall, Executive Director of the California Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Kuykendall noted that the love and prayers brought by families of service men and women encourage and sustain them.
Attending the dinner at which the award was presented, Major General Robert F. Dees, US Army, Retired, said, “Nothing harder than loving a Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine. With three children in harm’s way, this dear military mom is demonstrating unequaled courage and nobility. We honor her.”
Long’s three sons serving in the military are SSgt. Kyle W. Selinsky, Navy and Air Force Reserve, at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado; Sgt. Travis J. Selinsky, Army, currently in Afghanistan with Lethal Warriors; and Pvt.2 Brandon J. Selinsky, Army, with the 101st at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky. Long is a Business Underwriting and Promotions Manager for Radio Shine 90.9 FM. She and her husband David are ministry leaders for Celebrate Recovery, and event coordinators for Hope Fest AZ.
Blue Star Moms was founded in February, 1942, quickly gaining chapters across the United States. Mothers volunteered throughout the tough times of World War II, working in hospitals, train stations, packing care packages for soldiers. They were a working part of homeland security during times of war. The organization waned in size over the years but has held together by mothers showing pride in both their children and country. In recent times Blue Star Moms has grown in strength, with flags hanging in windows proclaiming pride in the American soldiers serving their country throughout the world.