I have been blessed with lots of new friends since I started Aussie Heroes and many of them are defence spouses. They have shared a lot of their feelings and fears with me and although I was once a defence spouse myself, my husband never deployed, so knowing these women has given me a greater understanding of their lot in life.
One of my Facebook friends, whose husband is currently deployed, shared this on her page this morning and it really resonated with me. I truly believe that the families serve alongside their loved one. They are usually incredibly proud of their serving member, and also have to endure the moves, the changes in accommodation, the long separations, the unpredictability and all that goes along with life in the military, including the questions by a curious public.
We can't sew for you all but we hope that by making your loved ones quilts and laundry bags we are showing that your sacrifice is appreciated too.
|Source - December 1939. Waving farewell to friends and family on the departing troop ship carrying troops to service overseas.|
You knew all of this would happen when you married him/her
Do you have an "agreement"?
I just saw this on the news. Are you worried?
Do you send sexy photos and videos to each other?
Skype must make things so easy. It's practically like being there
My husband often goes overseas for business. I know how you feel
It's not our war. How can s/he go over there?
Are you afraid s/he's going to die?
Finally, the perennial favourite for all military spouses: Will you go over and visit?
Are there any questions you would like to add to the list?
Till next time....... always remember, we appreciate you.