Military Girlfriend's Thoughts on Veteran's Day
Today is Veteran’s Day, and ever since dating Tom, it’s given me a whole new meaning. A meaning that is now filled with pride, immense gratitude and love. Before, I had no idea what went on in the military except for what I saw on TV (which, is sometimes not even as intense as what they actually go through). Now, I see and experience first-hand what our service-members do, go through and partake in for our country.
I used to be clueless:
From the community I was raised in, there was oftentimes a misconception that people only join the military if they didn’t know what they wanted to do after high school. Even if that may be true, the fact that they “didn’t know” was so much more important than all the intense trainings, sacrifices and hardships that our military service-members go through.
What Our Service-Members Really Do and Go Through:
But, being a military girlfriend, I am a part of those trainings, sacrifices and hardships (one reason, is because Tom and I have an awesome relationship where he truly talks me through, explains and fills me in). Just as the girlfriend, who isn’t physically or mentally putting herself through those things, I feel that it can be taxing or tiring. So, take a step back and imagine what it’s like for them.
In their everyday job, not when they’re deployed or on-target, just on base: they wake up at 5am, have to run miles on miles, work long hours, partake in simulations and trainings, all while keeping a smile on their face and coming home energized enough to spend time with their families. Deployment and overseas, that’s another story: they are TRULY working 24/7, around-the-clock, with no breaks, always on call. On top of that, they balance, family, friends, fun, travel - whatever they want to do.
It genuinely amazes me every single time how much dedication, passion and consistency is within each of our service-members. Their job is not an easy one, and their job is the most selfless of all: doing what they do, for someone else’s safety.
Our Soldiers’ Families are in this Too
Regardless of what someone’s motives/reasons are to be in the military, it’s not easy or a piece of cake to be a member. Not only are the soldiers enduring so much, but also their families. Most of the time, soldiers are separated and far away from their families. Sometimes, soldiers can’t talk to their families for weeks or months at a time, with new news of what’s going on. Families what weeks or months for a single phone call (I’ve experienced this multiple times), they wait years for a hug.
And of course, that’s tough for the families - but also, imagine the heaviness the soldier feels knowing that his/her family is going through this with them.
Sometimes, the saddest part is, that our soldiers don’t always have the most supportive families. It’s too tough, too scary, too much to handle for a lot of families - and that’s why it can be a lonely journey for a lot of soldiers. Support in any form, means SO much to them because it is an actual acknowledgement of what they are sacrificing for this country.
Thank You Veteran’s!
Being a member of the United States Military is truly an act of valor, strength and courage. And the biggest thing that I have to say is how much pride and gratitude I have for finally seeing what it’s like to be on the inside. I’m so thankful for being able to truly understand what it’s like, meeting the servicemembers, attending their events and being on this journey with them. Any ounce of support, means so much to our soldiers because a lot of the time, their time, energy and sacrifice is taken for granted.
A lot of times, people get caught up in the politics or the news about the US Military, but one thing we don’t realize is that there are over 2 million people spending every single day of their life to protect us, our soil, our families, our lives. We are STILL able to live so freely (even though a lot of people think there is a lot of bad in the world and our country) - and a huge reason is because of the US Military and their sacrifices.
I was guilty of that too, unknowingly. Being a military girlfriend fills me up with so much pride because I am with someone who is so strong, dedicated and passionate to do something that most people are too scared to do - because there’s way too much to lose.