I get this question quite a bit from co-workers, friends and family members. How do I do it? Well, I might say, “Very carefully.” The truth is I do not always have a good time dealing with it. Even though my son is not in war zone, so to speak, I still worry and realize he is still a target. I find the not knowing aspect to be the hardest.
I cope by working on his Christmascare package, writing emails to him and updating his deployment website. I am so fortunate to be able to follow his deployment on FaceBook and Twitter. I also look at Marine, Naval and Unit websites quite regularly. I have said it before and I will say it again. Google is my friend.
Surviving deployment is made a little easier for me because I have many friends and family that understand when I get a little upset. Even though this is a non-combat deployment, there are other issues such as financial problems. I have to get his car registered this week and I have a feeling the experience will be less than pleasurable. Power of Attorney is not the end all to every situation that arises.
I also believe that we, the people back home can help ourselves survive by doing whatever we can, be that standing with the Patriot Guard, becoming a Soldiers’ Angels or just shaking the hand of a vet and saying “Thank you.” For some joining support groups or online communities such as Marineparents.com can help coping on a daily basis.
Last Sunday on the Country Music Awards, this video was played. It is performed by Trace Adkins. It features the Patriot Guard Riders on missions to honor fallen military members. Since I am a member I can really appreciate it’s significance. These people are true patriots and many are vets themselves. Following the video are a few pictures of some of the missions I have been on to honor fallen military.
I am in some of the pictures. Just look for the non-biker looking girl.
The first picture is of us staging before we begin the mission. We hold hands and sing I’m Proud to be an American by Lee Greenwood
I am not much of a singer, but I sing loud and proud.