Embracing a Healthy Family: My Husband's New Army Deployment: One Year in Kuwait in 2010

My Husband's New Army Deployment: One Year in Kuwait in 2010

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My husband, who was just in Iraq and returned in August, was just informed he got the choice of his next location for our PCS.  For those of you not in the military, a PCS means Permanent Change of Station.

Now, you may think that the word choice means a lot but when you hear of the choices of the two locations, you will understand my not so happy thoughts:
  1. Iraq - 15 months
  2. Kuwait - 12 months
He will miss a very valuable year of our two year old's life since they grow and change so much and of course, he will miss out on our six year old as well.  They are both daddy's girls.

Unfortunately, I'm not alone as since 9/11, 1.9 million men and women have deployed and 876,000 of those are parents.  According to the Department of Defense, 245,000 have been deployed twice, 91,000 have been deployed three times and 48,000 have been deployed four or more times which the latter, is where my husband falls.  He has served in Afghanistan, Iraq (twice) and Kuwait (not to mention his other assignments in Germany, Korea, etc).

I'm proud of my husband, all the men and women who have served their countries and to all the spouses, children and loved one's left behind to keep up the fort.

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eight helping hands said...

I am here to follow you thru MBC! I was in the Army back in the late 80's and early 90's. I did miss the Gulf War (whew)! I had just finished my TOD and was expecting my first child, so was never called for duty.
My heart goes out to you and I know how hard it is as well as lonely!
My thoughts are with you and hubby and girls!

Grad School Mommy said...

ditto on the poster above who said her heart went out to you. growing up near military bases, i'm familiar with the idea of deployments...but i dont know how you manage them. my own dad was Army, but after his tour of Viet Name -- he went Reserves. the sacrifices that families like yours make are mind-boggling, and i just hope you feel the country's appreciation and support for your personal costs.

StuffSmart said...

I appreciate the sacrifice that your family is making for our country. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.

YouthfulTips said...

Thanks for all the supportive comments! I think the girls miss out the most as a year is a big moment of time in little kid's mind not to mention how much they grow and change! :)

InfinitiCM said...

All Americans are blessed by families like yours -- without the sacrifice who knows where we'd be. Your husband is one of the true heros that should be honored. You are all in my prayers.

YouthfulTips said...

Thank you, InfinitiCM! I'm proud of his service to our country and pray we do the right things to honor those that have fallen. Thanks for visiting and leaving your support!