Mother Reenlists for Her Son
Sending In The Cav; A Soldier's Story
By 1st Lt. Kristy Schaffer 20th Engineer Battalion
BAGHDAD, Iraq,– There are many reasons why Soldiers reenlist in the Army, a
monetary bonus, change of job, even a change in duty station; but Spc. Tronda
Powers, Headquarters Company, 20th Engineer Battalion, reenlisted for an
entirely different reason. She reenlisted for her son.
Powers gave birth to her son, Dontrell Treyvon, on Dec. 14, 2003, just three
days after her 21st birthday. She was only able to spend four short months with
Dontrell before joining the rest of her unit in Iraq. Powers, a supply clerk for
20th Engineers, though devastated at the prospect of having to leave her newborn
son, was ready to join her military family in Iraq. She knew that her year in
Iraq would be a tremendous help for a single mom raising a son by herself. She
hopes to use the money she saves from being deployed to buy a new car to replace
the old and unreliable one she had been driving.
Powers is also getting plenty of support on the home front. Powers and her
parents, Ronald and Gwen Cozart, are originally from Temple, Texas. Her
stepfather served in the Army for 22 years. Her mother is taking care of
Dontrell for the duration of the deployment. She said that without the support
of her family she doesn’t know where she would be at this time.
So when it came time for Powers to decide whether to stay and reenlist in the
Army or get out, she had only one deciding factor to think about, her son
“I want my son to have better opportunities than I had,” she said. “I want
him to go to college.”
And to do that she knew that by staying in the Army she would be able to provide
those things for her son. So the phrase “Stay Army” means so much more to
Powers and her son.
To them it means staying a family.