By Julian Benbow GLOBE STAFF NOVEMBER 12, 2018
The moment Amy Cotta signed her son over to the Marines in 2011, she was overwhelmed by the worries of so many unknowns.
As a mother, her first concern was her son’s safety. She had no idea if the boy she sent to the military would return home at all.
“We were still losing a ton of people at that time,” Cotta said. “And it’s any parent’s worst nightmare, not knowing if you’re sending your child off to war. I dealt with a lot of emotions during that time, and I needed a way to deal with them.”