Thank you for your service


(Disclaimer – This article is written about the author’s mother) 


Born on March 10, 1973, in the province of Pangasinan, Philippines, veteran Maria Rhodora Pablo has served in the U.S. Navy for 11 years and dedicated much of her life to protecting our country and its future. 


Pablo moved from the Philippines to the United States in March of 1992 for an opportunity to receive better education. At the time, the Early 1990s Recession had just ended, causing Pablo to deal with the aftereffects of the economic decline. Even after the recession, the U.S. Economy experienced a modest-to-high rate of unemployment. With Pablo unable to find a satisfactory job, she believed the best way to stay employed was to join the military. 


Pablo enlisted in the U.S. Navy after being persuaded by her relatives. She was told there would be benefits such as free medical and dental care, and the opportunity to travel the world free-of-charge. However, she was quickly challenged with the task of completing basic training, also known as the dreaded Boot Camp. “It was one of the hardest things I have ever done. Before enlisting, I never really participated in any physical activities like pushups or situps. So I joined the Navy without even knowing how to swim.” Knowing full well that she needed to gain the skills of an elite sailor, she pushed on and endured the eight weeks of intense physical training. Pablo reflects, “I wanted to give up; I cried every day. But I don’t like to fail, so I kept going. I’m not a quitter.”


Originally, Pablo began attending school in North Carolina to become a dental technician. She graduated in 1999 with a degree in dental hygiene and began her work as a dental hygienist. After several years of thoroughly engaging in her career, the Navy selected her as one of the very few enlistees chosen to attend a dental hygiene program in Okinawa, Japan. 


Finally after 11 long years, Pablo decided to retire and move back to America due to the birth of her newborn children. 


The Spartan Oracle wants to wish Mrs. Pablo a Happy Veteran’s Day. Thank you for your service, assistance, and the example you set for us all. We salute you.


A message to Mrs. Pablo: 


The time and service you have dedicated for our country’s freedom is far too great for words. You’ve helped make the world a better place with your courage, bravery, and sacrifice and our gratefulness is unparalleled. Those of us who live in freedom will always respect the veterans who have helped preserve it. Our country is filled with hope for tomorrow — because of its history shaped by heroes like you. I am grateful to be an American. And I am so proud to call you mom. 

Your daughter, Kayla Marie Pablo