These are just four stories -- and I hear stories every day; stories that magnify the sacrifices that military families regularly face, of the courage and commitment shown, and of the hopes for the future.
With our armed forces undergoing transformation (more than a million service members will transition off active duty over the next five years) one fact remains constant -- healthy families make for healthy, and satisfied, service members.
We have been able to make these situations work because frankly, I'd rather be part-time with him than be full-time with anyone else. Through this time, we learned that as a couple we can weather anything. We are together because we want to be -- not because we need to be with someone.
There is no such thing as a person-less war. Our military cannot afford for Americans to forget that wars and battles and military strikes are fought by troops, that troops are people, and that those people have families.
Navigating the Manhattan fashion scene is exciting and fun, interviewing designers about new clothing and accessory lines is thrilling, but missing her other half is an unbearable sadness that she lives with, an obstacle to an otherwise charmed life.
I admit I scan the comments section -- and I will reply if it's intelligent and appropriate. But a lot of fellow writers refuse to read the comments. There are t-shirts that say "never read the comments." Today, it's easy to see why.
During the last two years, I have had the privilege of making many new military mom friends. I have been so inspired by these incredible women -- their flexibility, their bravery, their loyalty, their commitment and their toughness.
Operation Box of Love made yet another task during deployment simple and easy. While I was busy with kids, the house and my own well-being, I had a great group of family and friends who helped lift me up in another area.
Many families of our fallen service members face financial decisions and challenges following the deaths of their loved ones. Military pay is cut off following a death. The bank account the family had in place for paying its bills and day-to-day expenses quickly runs dry.
Particularly during this hum-drum economy, having glaring gaps in a resume is foolish, especially when volunteer opportunities are abundant. And I'm not alone in the belief that true volunteer work in your chosen profession is worth mentioning.