Families of Folds – The Trahan Family

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“He knows that tomorrow is not guaranteed and tries to instill that belief by challenging the boys to be courageous, bold, and unapologetic for going after their dreams and goals.” – Michelle Trahan

Michelle and Scott Trahan met in high school while she was a freshman and he was a junior. Scott’s kindness and big heart captured Michelle’s attention and her heart.

In 1990, these high school sweethearts said their vows, exchanged the rings, and made the promise to spend the rest of their lives together, for better or for worse.

In the years that followed, they welcomed three little boys into the world. First it was Andrew, then Sean, and finally, CJ.

Selfless and focused, Scott worked hard to transition from enlisted to being a commissioned officer, all while having a family.

The mom to three boys and the wife of an Army Ranger, Michelle learned quickly the importance of being resilient, compassionate, and independent. All qualities that would be extremely necessary come April 2003.

In April 2003, Captain Scott Trahan was deployed to Afghanistan and was involved in an attack with Taliban fighters. He sustained injuries that resulted in multiple surgeries and rehabilitation.

At the time, Andrew was 11 years old, Sean was 7 years old, and CJ was 4 years old.

Michelle recalls receiving the phone call from the Battalion Commander to tell her that Scott had been injured. True to her resilient spirit, she remembers that despite the news of the attack definitely being difficult, because it was a phone call and not a knock on the door, it was “in a strange sense “good news,”” she said.

Despite the injuries sustained, the trials that came with recovery and rehabilitation, and the visible scars he still bears, Scott has remained committed to serving. He was subsequently deployed to Iraq after he rehabbed, and in 2016, he was promoted to Colonel.

Andrew, the oldest, followed in his dad’s footsteps and is currently serving as a Ranger in the United States Army. He and his wife are stationed in Hawaii and just recently received the amazing news that they are pregnant.

Sean, the second oldest, is currently attending the University of Pennsylvania pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

CJ, the youngest, is still in high school, but recently received his Congressional nomination to attend West Point — U.S. Military Academy in Fall 2017.

Folds of Honor has awarded both the Children’s Fund Scholarship and the Higher Education Scholarship to the Trahan boys. Helping them to attend a private high school, as well as helping Sean in his pursuit of a Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Pennsylvania.

“[Folds of Honor] has allowed my children to have the best education and give them limitless opportunities through education,” Michelle said. “It has been a blessing.”