Being a military wife entails a lot of sacrifices too. It does not matter if they are not the ones in the middle of a battlefield. They are constantly battling their own worries and fears and it can really tough to keep up with everyday life.
You have to be strong enough to be able to raise the family on your own. At least, while your husband is deployed elsewhere. You need to be strong not just for your kids, but also for your husband. You want to relieve him of the worries back home so he can concentrate on what he has to accomplish.
Without a doubt, a military wife is a hero on her own. She is the perfect partner to her brave husband who is out in the frontlines, fighting for peace. There are so many things that the world has to know about these courageous women.
Here are the things that a military wife would like you to know.
1. I have to hold it together every time my husband leaves for a dangerous place for a couple of months or even a year.
2. I have to be okay with moving so far away from your family – even half the world away.
3. I have to accept that my husband will not be there during special events like birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, and even in childbirth.
4. I have to put my career in the backseat because the frequent relocation will make it impossible to hold down a job.
5. I have to get used to leaving my family and close friends because I need to start a new life somewhere else.
6. I have to settle with a courthouse wedding even if I really want a big one because that is how we can squeeze it between deployments.
7. I have to deal with the drama of being part of a military community (military issues, gossip, etc).
8. I have to get used to parenting alone – which gets really tiring and lonely sometimes.
9. I have to make new friends every time we relocate.
10. I have to accept that my marriage will mostly be spent apart from each other.
11. I have to get used to talking about death and the negative effects of war in your family and relationships.
12. I have to learn how to find what is positive despite really dire situations.
13. I have to get used to a non-traditional marriage – work secrets, deployment, interracial relationships, etc.
14. I have to live with the stress of putting up a positive front despite being at my limit all the time.
15. I have to make people understand that sometimes, I just want to be left alone.
16. I have to cope with being exhausted all the time – physically, mentally and emotionally.
17. I have to create a system that will help me hold it together when the unpredictable happens – because I have to pick up the pieces when things get broken.
18. I have to deal with the emotions of our kids – sadness, anger, and frustration of missing someone in the family.
19. I have to form quality relationships with friends – who will understand what I am going through.
20. I have to get used to missing my husband a lot – not just physically because he will change every time he gets deployed on a mission.
21. I have to understand that the military will have some form of control over our lives (where you live, when your husband will be home, etc).
22. I have to deal with the struggles of being married to a military servicemember (distance, exhaustion, and the physical, emotional, and psychological changes he will go through).
23. I have to raise resilient children because they have no choice but to live with all the stress of being part of a military family.
24. I have to fight to keep my sense of self even if most of our life will be dictated by the military schedules, deployments, etc.
25. I have to work extra hard to find work – because most employers would want to hire my husband because of his military skills.
26. I have to immerse myself in the details of our daily lives so I do not dwell on the fact that my husband can die any minute.
27. I have to accept that homecoming will never be easy – although it is happy, something always changes after every deployment.
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