NJ Mom Recounts Marine Son’s Recovery After Roadside Bomb Attack In Afghanistan

MONROE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS 2)As Mother’s Day is celebrated this Sunday, the holiday is of even greater significance for moms serving in the military or those who have family members overseas.

That is particularly the case for Marcy Pascik, of Monroe Township. She is the proud mother of twin sons in the military — 21-year-old Clayton in the Navy and his brother, Colin, is in the Marines.

“They always talked about it growing up and I actually thought it would go away, but it didn’t. So when they were 18 they were enlisted,” Pascik said.

colin pascik NJ Mom Recounts Marine Sons Recovery After Roadside Bomb Attack In Afghanistan

Colin Pascik (credit: CBS 2)

Last August, Pascik saw what anyone with family in the military dreads — two Marines walking up the path to her door.

“I opened up the door and I just asked them if Colin was alive and they said ‘yes’ and they said ‘there’s been an incident,'” Pascik recounted.

Colin was seriously injured by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan and lost both his legs.

“At that moment, all you do is [you] just want to see him. You need to see your son’s face,” Pascik said.

She was able to do so when Colin returned to the United States about a week later. The early days were rough.

“I don’t remember being in the ICU or anything,” Colin said.

“She was very broken — crying all the time, just worried. It’s a very traumatic thing. A couple of times on the surgery table, he almost died,” Clayton said.

Pascik found her strength, and ended up spending five months in the hospital with her son.

“I was there all the time for him. So even though he may not have wanted my support, I was there,” she said.

Now, she’s working with service organizations to renovate her house to accommodate him.

“He’s still here and I can put my arms around my son, and I can have both of them together. So that’s more important than anything else,” Pascik said.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

More from Kristine Johnson
  • Old Man

    God Bless you, young man! You have my sincere Thanks for your service and sacrifice. Freedom isn’t free—“all gave some, and some gave all1′ You have GREAT support from your family and that is so important! You are part of the Brotherhood of Marines around the world that support and salute you. I am a retired combat Marine, and I am very proud of you! Semprt Fi!

  • Marie

    Freedom doesn’t come free, if you can’t support what our troops do to keep your freedom then you need to leave this country you inconsiderate, pathetic, entitled @$$!!!

    • clayton

      dear truth that is MY brother you are talking about. now i know a lot of people don’t support the war or understand war. but that does not mean you can call people murderers and such. especially my bro. why don’t you do as “old man” said and expose your address and see how that works out for you. i bet you wouldn’t give it out because you are such a coward.

    • Rose


    • Old Man

      truth, why don’t you show everyone how brave and dedicated you are to your twisted opinion by publishing your true identity (REAL name and ADDRESS) so we uneducated fools can properly bestow upon you the deserved recognition you so richly deserve!

  • Margaret

    it takes a special man to be a marine – and a special mom to raise one! God bless you both.

  • Trav

    Semper Fi

  • G

    Thank you for your service and sacrifice you made for us. Happy Mother’s Day’s to your mom. .

  • Rose

    Thank you for your service and sacrifice for us. Keep the faith. And Mom, Happy Mother’s Day to you. You are so blessed and strong.

  • Bart Simpson

    Our government owes it to him to pay for renovations to the house to make it accessible for this hero

  • kendra

    i know she thanking god everyday that her sons are home dispite that 1 of them lost both of his legs.it don,t matter atleast she had him there with her …when other parents just lost there kid(s).

blog comments powered by Disqus
Giving Tuesday
Charles Osgood Event

Listen Live