My husband (Jamie) is a Corporal in the United States Marines. He is currently serving a six month deployment in Iraq. When, I found out that he had to go, I was very upset. I was scared something might happen to him. Also, I didn’t want to go without seeing him for that long. I cried, but Jamie said something to me that made me think. He said, “This is what I joined for.” I felt relieved that he wasn’t upset about going. That night, I thought about what he had said. I realized that crying about it, or complaining wasn’t doing him or I any good. He needed my support more. He needed to know that I was behind him one-hundred percent. That I was proud
of him for what he was doing and most of all that I loved him with all of my heart. Jamie was willing to make a sacrifice for our country. So, I was just going to have to make the sacrifice with him.
From then on, I encouraged Jamie and let him know how much I love him. Now, I send him letters, packages and emails.When he calls me I listen to what he has to say. I encourage him in anyway possible and I stay positive for him. It’s hard being without him. It’s like half of me is missing. I worry about him all of the time, but I believe that it’s my faith in God, that helps me have a peace of mind. My family and friends are here supporting me. If, I need a hug or someone
to talk to, I know that they are there for me. I believe that support is very important. I’ll always remember the support and kindness people have shown Jamie and I. I believe that if you are kind, kindness will come back to you in more ways than one.
I never realized what sacrifices the military and their families make, until my husband joined. I am thankful for all those defending our country and I support the troops one-hundred percent. I pray for their safe return. May God bless you all!