Before becoming a military wife I had no idea what to expect. My knowledge of the military and of war was limited and it was not something I gave much thought to. Most Americans do not put much consideration into what service men and women are sacrificing by serving our country. After my husband joined the military, I soon discovered a whole new world. This was a world that most people do not realize exists or one that they know very little about. Not only does society not consider what the current military families go through, but they also do not give a second thought to the military families from the past who endured the wars that helped give our country the freedoms we have today. Being a military wife made me patriotic, more aware of our freedoms and the sacrifices that have been made by others so these freedoms could be conserved.
I married a man in uniform at the age of 21 and stood beside him through 21 years of service to this country. I quickly realized that life in the military is challenging and it changes often...
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...family dynamics. My children are now grown, my life is much slower than it once was and I am now surrounded by my family. As we slowly began adjusting back into the civilian world there were new careers, high school graduations, family celebrations, and moves to college. These things certainly did not make life perfect, but they did make it a little sweeter.
Whenever I am struggling, I look back to all that has been accomplished in my life and I feel a sense of satisfaction. Now when seeing the thousands of military members serving our wonderful nation and their families, my deepest gratitude and respect go out to them. The best part of my life has been serving my country as a military spouse. Despite the challenges and at times rocky paths, I have endured. Life in the military changed me and made me who I am because of the life I was blessed to live.
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