Marine returns home after serving in Infantry Unit of the Marines

Lance Corporal Joseph Kaiser was welcomed home by a large sign and an excited family who couldn’t wait to see him. Pictured from left: Jake Pena, Maddison Kaiser, Nadia Kaiser, Suzi Kaiser, Tracy Pena, baby Julius Pena, Lance Corporal Joseph Kaiser, Martha Kaiser, and Fred Kaiser. Photo by Kim Demory

When one chooses to serve their country, it’s a decision that effects more than just that individual - it effects their whole family. Sometimes that effect is how much their loved ones will miss them and worry about them while they are gone. Other times, the effect is more positive and prideful, like when a family tradition is being continued. Both were the case for Joseph Kaiser when he decided to join the infantry ranks of the United States Marine Corp.

At the age of 17, he went to his mother, Martha Kaiser and told her of his plans.

“I remember him saying, ‘Mom, I’m going to do it with or without you,’” recalled Martha.

So she decided to get behind him and supported him 100 percent. After all, this wasn’t her first experience sending someone she loves off to the Marine Corp. Joseph’s father, Fred Kaiser, and his grandfather are both Marine Corps Veterans.

“My dad was out of the Marine Corps before I was born...but he still displayed (and still does) his Marine emblems and memorabilia around the house...so I felt like it was my turn,” said Joseph.

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