America has been involved in two wars for 8+ years now. Many military families have been through deployment after deployment during this time. We are two months into our 3rd deployment and I can feel the weight of the last two. And I know I am not alone in this. Many other families are going through the same thing. I am not sure when these rapid deployments will end. When there can be YEARS between them. I have been praying this can happen for a long time now and I just have to hope it will. They tell us we will get two years between deployments now. But really? I am not sure I can believe this. Especially since things are going on in other places in the world besides just Iraq and Afghanistan. And although I hope for years I am preparing myself. We just started this deployment and I already have to mentally prepare for a fourth which could happen just a year after he returns from this one.
I was so happy to see this website Joining Forces. This is a national initiative started by the First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.
The website says this, “1% of Americans may be fighting our wars, but we need 100% of Americans to be supporting our troops and their families. Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden are asking Americans to get involved in any way they can.”
This needs to happen! Deployments are not going away. And the more deployments families go through, the more support we will need. I hope all of America can help in some way. While part of our family is off fighting in a war, we need to know that America cares and respects that. Over the last 5+ years that we have been a military family we have seen such wonderful support from friends and family. Thank you all so much! Your support means more than you will ever know.
So no matter what your political beliefs are, no matter if you support the war or not, check out that site and find a way to help a military family 🙂