It is very true if you have never been through a deployment or loved a Marine, you have no idea what it is like. I am struggling a lot with people this deployment. I know that during a deployment, I become a person that has to survive. I think of my family and what they need in order to get through this awful time. I have people close to me, who I think forgot my husband is not just going off to play Marine. He is going to war. He is going to do a dangerous job, and although any ones days can be numbered it is much more realistic in our situation.
I know even from being on the outside, while friends are deployed... I don't always have the right words. I want to help, but don't know how. No one can replace the emptiness that comes with a deployment or separation. I just ask that people care. People show compassion. I understand that there is not one person in this world who doesn't have stress. But, in order to feel those stresses and live, people like my family and my husband have to make sacrifices. I just ask that you check in on those who have a loved one deployed. Don't ask... just do something nice for them. Go just be with them. See if there is anything that can be done. 99.99 percent of the time, I will tell you no and a lot of my friends would too. But, you never know... you may just get us on that off day.
This deployment I will surround myself with supportive and loving people. If you are not one of those, I have no time or energy for you. That is how it is.
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