I lived in Idar-Oberstien, Germany for 5 years where I had a part time job at the Child Development Center on the army base there. During those five years, I learned the tremendous impact Early Childhood Development has on each and every child’s future. The inspiration to catch that window of opportunity in providing parents and children with valuable lifelong outcomes was powerful, especially with military families facing life stresses that are so unique to the military community.
What is a message of hope you want to leave families who have loved ones in the military?
As the wife of a military veteran and now law enforcement wife, my message of hope is this. I know you are proud of your service member and all the sacrifices they make every day. However, please take note of this, we both know that you and your family are warriors too, holding down the fort making your own sacrifices on a daily basis. I see you and all your struggles. I also see how you pick up the fallen pieces from the fallout of combat.
For those of you who are facing PTSD, please know that the PTSD that accompanied my husband’s return from IRAQ almost destroyed our marriage and our family. But I’m here to tell you there is HOPE. I’m not going to sugar coat it. It wasn't easy. It took intensive combat together and individually to deal with it. I know it can get scary, but I urge you … Do not give up!