Growing Up Military

Tallahassee, FL - Earlier this month, the Florida State softball team stepped on the diamond sporting different uniforms. Names of each branch of the military were emblazoned on the jerseys replacing the player's last name.

For several members of the softball team, it meant more to them than any of the players could fathom.

"I'm excited we're taking the the time to honor people who have sacrificed a lot," Kelly Hensley said before the game.

Hensley's father, Daniel, who was front and center for this particular game, served in the U.S. Air Force and her sister, Amanda, is currently in the Army.

"He focused a lot on hard work and everything you do in every aspect of life," Hensley said of her father. "If you're going to do something, do it well."

Tiffani Brown's father, Terry, is a retired Army veteran who fought in Operation Desert Storm.

Kirstin Austin was lucky to have her father stationed in the country. William Austin is a former Commander in the U.S. Navy and was based near the Tampa area.

"He was just very good at being structured and teaching me how to make schedules and be on time," Kirstin Austin said. "All of that was extremely important in my success."

"It certainly didn't hurt her to see it because she knew I was gonna get up and go to work every night and she knew I was gonna be home to take care of her everyday," William Austin said.

That experience for these particular 'Noles has translated to their performance on the field.

"Each day is a battle," said Brown, "and you know you gotta persevere and push through and just go get what you want."

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