It wasn't until he walked through our door that I realized it would be a long time before we would feel like a family again. That we could manage living together.
Among those who did return and the family members of all who served, I see too much addiction and pain. That personal human suffering is an unacceptable legacy to those who died in service to their nation.
Making it happen. Getting it done. Those are traits I admire, and this week they are on full display at Live Nation in an announcement made by Billy Corgan and the Smashing Pumpkins.
Besides celebrating our military with these special days in May, we must all do more than just wave the American flag or take the day off and watch the parade. We have to help and embrace our veterans so the transition from military life to civilian life is not as painful.
You know what really offends in our society? A woman who expresses "wants" and "needs" of her own, especially if she is a MOTHER.
In four months, she will be 2. I know there will be more work trips. Some will be a week, some will be a month, and in the future, depending on where we go, they may be many months. That is the military life. That is the life my husband and I chose. But it is not the life she chose.
When no one is listening or watching, what do you do? Hillary cares, and she corrects problems even when people do not see it. This is the real Hillary that I support. Many members of Congress and the Senate pay only lip service toward assisting the troops and veterans. Hillary cares for the troops and their families and has proven it.
Our military depends on you just like you depend on our military; it is after all, your military. For all the faults I just listed, I still believe we have a military and veteran community, including their families, we should be proud of... let's keep it that way, by reducing, if not eliminating cyber bullying.
It's time that we do a better job recognizing that our veterans return to their neighborhoods, families and friends. We cannot isolate any of their challenges with the mistaken thinking that government solutions are readily available.
As a military spouse, I am not ashamed to admit my fears. Unlike past generations of military families, the threat is no longer contained to where the war is physically taking place.
When we see people as heroes, we don't leave enough space for them to struggle as all people do at times in their lives. When we see people as head-cases, we don't leave enough space for them to demonstrate their strengths, courage, and creativity.
To all vets, military families and active duty service members, let me tell you with great certainty that the majority of U.S. citizens do not know us.
Skeptical that this schism exists? Think again. A 2014 Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 55 percent had served in the military felt disconnected from civilian life. That number increased to 64 percent for those who had served in combat.
The cold, hard reality? We can project that approximately 250,000 - 300,000 service members will be making the transition to civilian life annually through 2017. And this concerns me.
In the end, many of us may differ on what the final military pay and benefits package should look like...what I want more than agreement is your involvement. Sitting this one out isn't in yours or our nation's best interest.
As a military mom, I believe it's our sacred duty to honor the service of those who have sacrificed for our country. We owe thanks today and every day to those who wear the uniform. That is one of the reasons why First Lady Michelle Obama and I started Joining Forces in the first place.