I read a quote once online on family and it stuck with me, “Families are like branches on a tree, we grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one.”
Family will always be the most important to me and that’s because it’s an unbreakable bond.
Being in a military family
Growing up, my mother joined the military, so did three of her brothers and a handful of her uncles. I was surrounded by all this great discipline and respect that when I got old enough I joined too. Being around the respect and discipline growing up made it easier for me to get through basic training, I already had the foundation down on discipline so it helped me stay under the radar.
Being in a military family is great but is also very challenging. The Soldier’s are constantly gone for countless months on deployments or trainings leaving his/her family behind.
I was once told that when a soldier goes on deployment or any long training, it is harder on the spouse than it is on the Soldier. That is very true because when a Soldier leaves, all they have to worry about is their job while their spouse has to take care of the bills being paid, chores around the house, children(if any), basically the day to day things that need to be done all by themselves.
That’s a much harder job because kids are no joke, they have wants and needs and if anything happens to them like a fever or just anything in that nature, the spouse has to make sure to take care of them. When a child is sick, as a parent you sometimes panic, especially when your child has a high fever. I don’t know how my wife did it but she sure held it together. The spouse has all the pressure to handle the home front.
It gets stressing at times for the spouse thats why I always tell my Wife how much I appreciate her holding down the home front. My Wife was able to let me focus on my deployment because she did a great job at staying on top of all our bills and to top it off taking my daughter to school every single day. I really had nothing to worry about. She always reassured me that everything was taken care of and that everything was always smooth on her end(even if it was not).
From preparing my daughters breakfast in the morning to making her lunch so she doesn’t have to eat some of the nasty food that they have in the cafeteria, my wife did it all and she didn’t expect anything from it.
During my deployment to Afghanistan, it took some getting used too. It’s the same for anyone who goes to a different country where the people really despised you and all they want to do was hurt you.
On deployment, you realize all the great things you had when you were back in the U.S. My thing that I missed the most was real food. Our cook tried his best to make good meals but it’s hard when you don’t have a lot to work with.
When I was able to make a call home to my Wife, I told her how the living conditions were and what kind of things I had to eat and she immediately took action. She went out and got all my favorite snacks, canned foods and sent it to me in care packages.
My Wife really kept me going and even when we were thousands of miles away she still took care of me. Things like that is what kept me fighting to stay alive because I knew I have something and someone to live for.
I was deployed for 9 months and it felt like forever, I give props and great thanks to the Soldiers that have done that multiple times fighting and defending our FREEDOM. I know thats not something you can get used to. I was told every deployment gets harder and I saw that in the eyes of the men that were on their second deployment saying their goodbyes to their families.
I’m just really grateful that I had an awesome support system when I was deployed, for my wife always sending me the things I need to my parents sending me boots and food to keep me comfortable and healthy. They always showed their love and support.
If you are trying to get by deployment, stay in contact with your family and talk to your battle buddies as much as you can. Some of the conversations I had with my battle buddies were out of this world but those were things that got us by and kept some smiles on our faces.
Another thing we did was workout, it passed time and it kept us ready for the fights that we had ahead of us.
Other things to do on deployment if you have the time
On deployment, some people really don’t know how to pass the time. I suggest if you are planning to stay in a few years, try and knock out some of your online trainings. Anything you can do to help you get ranked up and show that you will take the initiative to get to that next level.
One thing I wish I did was take advantage of online marketing, if I did that when I was on deployment, I would have really passed the time and been on the road to making extra money.
I had some nights where I would just sit on my bed and think if the Army was really for me, if this is you, don’t worry, there is a lot of opportunities for you and you don’t have to be afraid of change.
I always hear people say to other Soldiers, “dude why are you getting out after only doing 3 years, are you scared or something?” All I have to say is don’t worry about what other people say, they aren’t in charge of your future and you did more time than half of our country.
People that have never been in the military don’t understand what we have been through and will probably never understand, all I know is that we raised our right hand to defend our country and that’s all that matters. We all became apart of something that is bigger than ourselves and I thank you for that.
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In conclusion, I just want to say thank you to all the men and woman out there for serving and protecting our freedom. It’s people like you that allow us to sleep good at night!
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