Military Spouse Life

Here’s to the Military Spouse

Today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day!

Usually I find it strange when people find out Bill is a Marine and they thank ME…

It’s weird, right?

Because I never went through a long deployment with Bill, I’m NOT the person to thank!

Having never served, I didn’t have to endure boot camp, 4 am wake up calls for PT, and dealing with command. I never had to go overseas and sleep in a tent, go days being shot at, worrying about roadside bombs, sent home a body of a deceased team member….. I was home, in the comfort of the United States, in a job of my choice, where I was always relatively safe.

There are, however, the long days of post active-duty responsibilities ranging from fighting with the VA (my personal favorite) to dealing with the side effects of PTSD. This week alone we went through a bad episode which involved me crying, hurt, upset, and scared. He doesn’t remember all of it…. I thought for sure it was over and I was going to be on my own with the kids.

I’m grateful I never had to give birth while he was in another country. I’m grateful I didn’t go months on end without seeing him. I never had to live on a base (we lived right near the base…actually right under the flight line, but that’s another post!)

I feel like when people say “thank you” or we are appreciated as a military spouse, it’s because of all those things active duty spouses have to deal with on a daily basis. What people don’t see is what happens after.

I was only a part of the active duty life for such a short time, I feel like I don’t deserve the “thank you.” What I do deserve it to have the VA treat my husband and family with respect. I deserve to not spend hours on the phone to get an appointment for NOVEMBER for him, when it’s still May (that happened this week). I deserve to get him his benefits without fighting tooth and nail AFTER I discover what is owed to him…because they sure as hell don’t make it clear what he is eligible for!

I deserve to not worry about the side-effects of PTSD/TBI…but these are the things people forget the military spouse deals with.

So on this day when everyone is thinking about the spouses who dealt with moving 100 times, or long deployments, I want to send a shout out to all of the Military Spouses who are left with the aftermath….. The PTSD/TBI issues, the VA fight, the war at home.

You are not alone.

You are loved.

You are enough…and one day a year does no justice to the battle we endure long after the active-duty war!

Be well 🙂

Military Spouse Life

You’ve Got Mail! (and a friend)

How many of you read the title to this post and heard the old AOL “You’ve Got Mail” voice in your head? Be honest!

Last week I came home to a package, and not the usual Amazon package (don’t get excited…I literally order EVERYTHING from Amazon because it’s easier…including toilet paper…so usually it’s not that exciting.)

Bill asked if I saw the package on the bed.

I told him I hadn’t.

“You mean you walked into the bedroom and missed the whole cooler sitting in there???”

I must have been tired, but this is what was waiting for me….(excuse my desk mess!)

Operation Homefront has a program called Hearts of Valor for us Military Spouses ONLY!!!!! If you’re a caregiver/spouse, or know someone who is, sign them up for this support group PLEASE!

 

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While you might wonder why a group would send me toothpaste, it’s not the point. The point is, there were people out there who donated some items which then came in this cute (thirty one) cooler and mailed it to me. It also included some Arbonne products which I’ve never tried.

Someone was thinking of me when sometimes I live in a world where I feel alone as a Military Spouse! (Also, we needed toothpaste!)

What is your favorite Military Spouse Support Group? Comment below and I just might add them to the resource page!