In supporting their uniformed relative, army families embody the utmost contribution and commitment to their fellow countrymen.
Why Do So Many Families Have Military Traditions?
In my family, we have a tradition involving passing a US flag down from generation to generation. The recipient of the flag has to be a person who served in the US military. When a generation comes that a person hasn't served, the flag will be buried with the last person to serve.
10 Signs You're a Military Wife
When you marry a service member, you're not just marrying your partner. Whether you like it or not, you are marrying into a lifestyle and you're marrying into the massive community known as the military. As a military wife, you are going to be held to a different standard than other women, and no lie, it's going to be rough.
To My Sailor
To my sailor, I know we talk every day, but I wanted to let you and everyone else know how much I love you and how the distance between us doesn't change the love that we had that we were together. So here goes.
I Loved Every Minute of Being a Military Brat
My dad was already in the military before he met my mom. He was a jet engine mechanic, and he was stationed in Maine when he met my mom. They met at a bar called The Barking Spider. I don’t know if they immediately hit it off, but eventually I came into the picture, and my parents got married. They’ve been married for 23 years now, and let me tell you, we’ve been through a lot as a military family.
Living the Life of a Military Girlfriend
This is my story. So hello, my name is McKenna. I am 18 years old, and I am currently in a relationship with a soldier deployed thousands of miles away from me. Some people are probably already thinking, how do you do it? Or poor you good luck getting through it. Funny thing is, sometimes I ask myself that same question everyday. I figured, writing this and sharing my day to day struggles with you all could help other women going through or will be going through the same thing I am currently. My boyfriend left a month ago, two days after my birthday and it still hasn’t really hit me yet that he’s truly gone. It’s a sticky situation with what information I give out, so let’s just say he’s going to be gone for awhile. Him and I have only been together for eight months, so this is quite the test for our relationship. I’ve had all kinds of things thrown out at me. All the sympathy, doubt, advice, etc. Everything you can think of I’ve heard so far. All the good luck to you, it won’t work out, oh you poor girl. It’s quite a lot to take in, also it doesn’t make anything better or worse. So most likely just saying nothing is the best response. When he told me two months into our relationship he was going to be deploying in the next few months I felt like my heart had completely shattered. I got into this new relationship feeling like I found everything I’ve ever wanted and more in a man and then I find out he’s leaving for months on end to go serve his country. How are us as women supposed to respond to something like this? That’s great? I’m so happy for you! Wow? We don’t even know what to say because in that moment we don’t even know what we’re truly feeling. There is so much physical and mental preparation for something like this. You also have to ask yourself if this relationship is something you seriously want to pursue, and is this worth waiting for? I feel like I had so many thoughts going through my head I couldn’t think straight. I’m two months into this amazing relationship with this great guy and he’s leaving in a few months to go halfway across the world. What am I suppose to do? Start over? No, I wasn’t that weak. I wanted this, I was happy. God just handed me a handful of things I didn’t know how to carry yet. Although it’s still rough carrying the weight of this sometimes, I’m doing it. I had mentioned earlier there is so much physical and mental preparation for something like this and I meant it. As much as you prepare for someone you grow to love to go away, it’s never enough preparation to say goodbye. I tell myself that I’ve been through a lot and this is just another mountain that I have to climb over, but sometimes it feels like the hardest one yet and it’s almost impossible. For any women who have been through this, you know what I mean. Long days, long nights, a lot of tears, a lot, and many mixed emotions. One thing I try to continue telling myself through these months he is gone is that this too shall pass. Nothing lasts forever, in some cases that’s a good thing. As for this deployment, that’s a great thing. I told myself this time in my life is where I can work on myself while the man I love travels the world. I can figure out who I wanna be and what I want to do with my life. I promised myself the day he came home I would have money in the bank, a good job, and a good head on my shoulders. I guarantee I can guess what half of you are thinking already reading through this. You’re 18, you are so young! Why commit yourself at such a young age. My only response to that, is I was forced as a child to grow up too fast. I have seen and lived through so much, that all I want anymore is to get my career started and settle down with someone who loves me just as much as I love them. So, just know that’s why I am where I am and am waiting for who I am waiting for. Throughout this deployment, so far, I have been so blessed with the most amazing supportive people. I can’t tell you how lucky I am to have his family by my side to go through this with. I can’t imagine things otherwise, but for those who don’t have that extra support. Don’t give up, it’s worth it. Call me crazy for being a month in and writing a story on something I haven’t even gotten halfway through yet, but I know what I’m facing. I know what to expect and I know what I signed up for. We as women know that once we go without seeing our soldier for days, weeks, months, some even years. We come to appreciate what we have so much more, every hour and everyday with them is just another blessing. As hard as it can be to be without him sometimes, I wouldn’t have things any other way. The most rewarding feeling for us, is the day they come home and we finally can say we did it. We welcome our soldiers home with open arms. Don’t give up ladies, keep your head up. Nothing lasts forever, and that includes these deployments.
Spouse’s Guide to Surviving Air Force Basic Training
When my husband came to me at 32 years old and said, “I think I want to join the Air Force,” I will admit I may have spit soda out of my nose and laughed so hard I peed a little. Then, I realized this man was dead serious. I couldn’t imagine why he would want to do such a thing at his age. But, after talking to a recruiter, taking the ASVAB test (that thing is hard if you have been out of school for 14 years) and signing all the papers, reality set in.
Things You Should Never Say to a Military Wife
When discussing military life with military wives, there are some things you should never say to a military wife. Military spouses do not have it easy, and every single one will feel the same way about surviving deployment in their own way. They deal with many month deployments where they are separated from their loved ones, and the military family is put under a lot of stress and hardship. When speaking to military wives, there are certain things you shouldn’t ask or inquire about. It’s important to have the guidelines down ahead of time, especially if you aren’t familiar with the military lifestyle.
10 Signs You're a Military Brat
Being the child of a military member isn't easy. In fact, it's an experience you can only really understand if you've been there. Though it's a rare way to grow up, it's an amazing experience that will end up enriching your life, and help you appreciate the way you live.
The Time My Dad Had Gotten Deployed
I have always wanted to be like my dad. He is my hero because he helps save the world. It can be very tough on families that have children whose parents have to leave for military deployment. I had to go through this, and the military made it difficult for my family when they gave notice to us about my dad going on leave. My dad had chosen to go into the military because he wanted to help protect the country, and he loves helping other people. He had always dreamed of going into the military, and now he was on his second tour. Deployment in the military forces families like mine to go through a transition, but it can show how much someone truly can be your hero because of it.
Love, and the Military
The drive to the send-off with his parents was the longest drive of my life. What was originally 30 minutes, felt like 30 hours.
For anyone in the military or who has family in the military, we all know nothing about it is easy. From constant moving, to time apart, we live in a constant state of worry and uneasiness. Our lives always seem to be so out of the norm that we tend to only get along with other military families. The military is just a world of its own. Especially when it comes to deployments.
Things They Never Tell You About the Soldier's Daughter
She got two birthdays and one Christmas with him. She remembers climbing onto his lap so he could read to her. And that's the only memory she has.