Army Ranger Encourages Sons to Go After Their Dreams

Michelle and Scott Trahan were high school sweethearts. It was Scott’s kind heart that captured Michelle’s attention and had her saying “yes” when Scott asked for her hand in marriage.  The two exchanged their vows in 1990 and made the promise to spend the rest of their lives together, for better or for worse.

In the years that followed, they welcomed three little boys into the world. First it was Andrew, then Sean, and finally, CJ.

Scott enlisted in the United States Army, later commissioned in 1995 and became an Army Ranger. In April 2003, Captain Scott Trahan was deployed to Afghanistan and was involved in an attack with Taliban fighters. He sustained injuries that resulted in multiple surgeries and rehabilitation.  As an Army Ranger’s wife and mom to three boys, Michelle learned quickly the importance of being resilient, compassionate, and independent. These are all qualities that became crucial the day Michelle received the phone call from the Battalion Commander to tell her that Scott had been injured.

Despite Captain Trahan’s injuries, as well as the visible scars, and the challenges that came with the recovery and rehabilitation process, Scott remained committed to serving his country and has deployed to Iraq and back to Afghanistan.  In 2016, Captain Trahan was promoted to Colonel.  He is currently completing his Fellowship at William and Mary College, then will deploy back to Afghanistan for another mission.

In an effort to help the Trahan family and show gratitude for Scott’s service, the Folds of Honor awarded both the Children’s Fund Scholarship and the Higher Education Scholarship to the Trahan boys, helping provide them limitless opportunities through education.  According to Michelle, “It has been a blessing.”

Andrew, the Trahan’s oldest son, followed in his dad’s footsteps and is currently serving as a Ranger in the United States Army. He and his wife are stationed in Hawaii and just recently received the amazing news that they are pregnant.

Sean, the second oldest, is currently attending the University of Pennsylvania pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  The youngest Trahan son, CJ, is still in high school, but recently received his Congressional nomination to attend West Point — U.S. Military Academy in Fall 2017.

“Scott knows that tomorrow is not guaranteed and tries to instill that belief in our boys. He encourages them to be courageous, bold, and unapologetic for going after their dreams and goals,” said Michelle Trahan.

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