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THE MILITARY WIFE

THE MILITARY WIFE

The Military Wife. To some people this may not mean much. The mailman may not understand why he finds a letter in a Military Wife’s mailbox everyday addressed to  an APO. The woman in the car next to the Military Wife may not comprehend why she is crying to “Here without you”. The child of the Military Wife’s Soldier may be to young to understand why daddy is gone, but the Military Wife reassures the child daddy is working and will soon be home to give them many hugs, and kisses. Coworkers of the Military wife may comment “I don’t know how you do it”. Well frankly I don’t either. I just pray to GOD oh I don’t know three to five times a day (sometimes more)…Lord please keep my soldier safe, and bring him home to us soon! And we take it day by day. The neighbor of the Military Wife may ask “How many more days till your husband is home?” Seventy-Two I shout! The neighbor then replies I knew you would know.

You may have heard the phrase “Military Wife…Toughest job in the Military”. I certainly have not been enlisted in the Military. I don’t know what it’s like to fire a gun at an object hundreds of feet away. Nor do I know how it feels to have on DCU’S in one hundred and thirty degree heat. I don’t know what it feels like to leave a FOB, and wonder if I will ever return. I do not know what it’s like to be shot at, and at the same time be praying to GOD to please let me get home to my family safely.  But what I do know is the phrase “MILITARY WIFE…TOUGHEST JOB IN THE MILITARY” could not be put any better. I may be young but I have reached, and almost completed  the toughest part of my life. My soldier being deployed to Ramadi Iraq. Having a loved one in Iraq is no day in the park. But having a loved one in a place where you know the danger is extremely high…well that just wears on your nerves.  I am in no way stating that my husbands job is not difficult. It is a very demanding,
 stressful, and hard job. One that I myself could not do. But to be the one left at home having to avoid watching the news, reading the newspaper or checking email in fear of a Velvet Hammer Notification. That’s tough. That’s not the toughest thing though. It is many things. Going to bed without my husband.  Coming home and not being able to share my day with him. Watching our child grow right before my very eyes, knowing my husband is missing this special part of our child’s life. Even worse, knowing that my husband  knows that too.

I am not writing so that people will have sympathy for Military Wives or their soldiers. We chose this life style. And it is a life style I have grown accustom to and learned to love. Although it is tough to have the love of my life taking away for a year (multiple times) nothing could make me more proud than when I see my soldier in uniform. The feeling I get when he wakes up at four am every morning and puts on those boots, and freshly iron BDU’S could never be replaced. I am always trying to figure out how and where he gets his courage, and strength. To be able to leave his family, the people he holds so dearly in his heart to go off and protect people he doesn’t even know. If half the world could have his courage and strength we would be pretty well off. I am simply writing to let other military wives know they are not alone. It’s a tough job…but somebody’s got to do it! Right? There is something about you, and me that GOD thought was special. That’s why he picked us to
be a MILITARY WIFE. He knew we could handle the TOUGHEST job!  And tonight when you say your prayers pray for me, and my soldier, as I pray for you, and yours everyday.

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