Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day. I’ve been blessed to be with the man of my dreams and the love of my life. He has served the U.S. Navy for 5 years now, and we have been married for one and a half year. Being a military spouse has made me realize how underappreciated wives/husbands of service members are. Often times, military spouse leave everything behind to be with their husband/wife. A lot of patience and responsibilities fall on the military spouse so their significant other can serve the country.

USS Harpers Ferry LSD-49 Homecoming (September 12, 2016)

In my experience as a military spouse, there has been ups and downs being married to a sailor. Half of my marriage was spent long distance because my husband was on deployment for 7 months. At that time, we’ve decided that I would stay with my family until he was back. I got myself a better paying job, made sure our savings account was growing, and arrange all the travel while focusing on new home search for us.  When homecoming came around, I left my job and family and moved from North Carolina to California to be with my husband. Finally, we were able to live together as husband and wife.

Distance from North Carolina to California (2452 miles)

A month after I moved, isolation and loneliness set in, especially when my husband has duty (24-hour shifts on the ship) and went underway (3-4 days out at sea). All the romantic thoughts of being married to a service member of the U.S. Military began to fade. While he was off serving the country, I cooked, clean, and made sure everything was in order so my husband won’t have to worry about a thing when he gets home. My pursuit of a career as a graphic designer subsided and my priority was to support my husband.

I wouldn’t change a thing about being a military spouse. The only thing I would have done differently was to give thanks to all the military spouses that have held their families together while their significant other was serving the country. They are the silent heroes. They are the one who defends the home front for many soldiers. They are a big part of America Strong. If you meet a military spouse, please give and show appreciation. Although it’s not easy for us as military spouse, it is definitely all worth it.