Military wife recruits help on Facebook for husband's 50th birthday
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NAPLES, Fla.- A Naples wife wants to plan something special for her husband's 50th birthday. The only trouble is he is serving in Afghanistan so she is combining creativity with social media for a very special birthday surprise!
Tina Ogniebene is use to making sacrifices as a military wife and knows she won't be able to celebrate her husband's milestone birthday with him, but she hopes birthday wishes can travel the distance.
"We've been together for 21 years, married for 18 and having him leave is never a good feeling. You are always worried about them, you never know if or when they will come home," said Tina Ogniebene.
Tina's husband, John, is deployed in Afghanistan. He's been in the military for more than a decade.
Tina is use to spending birthdays apart, but she wanted this birthday to be extra special.
So she posted a photo on Facebook asking for people's help. It reads," How many likes can we get for Staff Sgt. John Ognibene's 50th birthday?" In just a day, it has more than 1,300 likes and hundreds of Facebook users have shared the photo.
"He found out about the posting on Facebook within the hour and at first he was shocked and now he's laughing bout it, it makes him smile all day long."
The photo is posted on the Collier County Sheriff's Office Facebook page since Tina works at the jail. Dozens of people on Facebook writing wishes, but now Tina is requesting one very simple thing.
"His birthday is April 7th, just about 2 weeks away. If you could send birthday cards via the post office or send an email via the sheriff's office website."
"If we can get this many "likes" who knows who many birthday cards he can get," said Tina.
If you would like to send a birthday card to Staff Sgt. Ognibene, his address is:
SSG Ognibene, John
320th MP CO
APO, AE 09367