Tracy Wilson is the alpaca manager at White Violet Farm Alpacas at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind., near Terre Haute.

Tracy Wilson has been an employee of the Sisters of Providence for more than 11 years. During that time she has been deployed three times serving stateside and overseas in the Indiana Army National Guard.

White Violet Center for Eco-Justice and the Sisters of Providence have received a Patriotic Employer certificate from The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

“We recognize that you’ve invested in America’s defense by supporting Tracy Wilson in the Reserve Forces of the Army National Guard in which your employee serves today,” the letter states. “As this certificate demonstrates, your employee feels that you are a ‘True Patriot’ and your services and contribution have been valuable to them and their family members.”

In Tracy’s nomination she stated: “The staff is small and we rely on many volunteers to get us through seasonal high tempo workload. Saying that, take one person out of the mix puts a strain on everyone there. They send me care packages, pictures of the farm and e-mail me the latest news. I am always welcomed back with open arms from the staff and volunteers when I return. I want them to know how much I appreciate their support and love through these crazy times.”

While it is not a reflection on the Sisters of Providence stance on war, it is a testament to the support they extend to God’s people.