What is missing from a lot of the hoopla that goes on for Veteran’s Day is the spouses. I’ve been with close friends as their husband’s have deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and unknown locations in the sea. I’ve watched as other friends weather the storms- literally- of hurricanes and other disasters alone because they’re husbands are called up with the National Guard.
These are men and women just like you and me. They have the same hardships in their lives as you and me in addition to having to go at it on their own while their spouses are gone. It’s not like life gives them a “pass” because their husbands and wives are in the military. I’ve watched friends put their children on life flights while their husbands were in Iraq. Or mother’s who child gets diagnosed with cancer while their husband is deployed. The people in groups like Military Special Needs have my admiration, my respect, and my prayers. I honestly don’t know how they do it.
I’m thinking about these people today. I’m thinking about them as they attend school conferences, soccer games and church on their own. I’m thinking about them as they deal with wounds, both seen and unseen, when they’re loved ones return. I am grateful for the sacrifice they make each and every day so that I can be safe. So that I can enjoy the freedoms of this great country.
Thank you to our military, you truly are my heroes. Thank you to your spouses, who are, in my opinion, every bit as tough and even heroic as you. You have my gratitude, my prayers, and my support.