The Resilient Military Kid

Ten years, and here I sit thinking about my husbands’ deployment in Iraq from 2006-2007. Some days, it seems like just yesterday he came home from Iraq.  During my husbands deployment, our kids missed him very much. They worried about him just as much as I did. Every day, when Ken was deployed I told my kids how much their dad loved them. We prayed for Ken and all of the other service members he was deployed with, every single day at least twice a day.

Some nights, the kids would wake up in the middle of the night wondering if their dad called. I remember wiping tears from the faces of my children as they cried for their dad. I tried to keep the kids busy, but no matter how busy we were, it wasn’t busy enough to keep the kids from desperately missing Ken. The kids took time to send cards and care-packages weekly. When dad would call, they talked about all of the exciting things in their lives from what they did that day, to updates on their extra curricular activities. Over all, they did a great job when dad was gone. I made sure they remained very active, participating in sports, school activities and built solid friendships with other children in our neighborhood.

When Ken came home from war, the kids became little “caregivers” helping dad around the house with things he used to be able to do but they were so happy to have dad home, they didn’t care much about the side-effects war had on their dad. They concentrated on spending as much quality time with Ken as they could.

Over the past ten years, the kids have grown considerably. They are incredible young adults. They were more responsible than many kids and they do not take life for granted. Military kids are unique and they are resilient. They adjust to change quickly. They know first hand the sacrifices our military men, women and families make. When my kids hear the pledge of allegiance, they stand proudly and they know all of the words. They extend a hand of friendship to military veterans, they respect our military men and women and they love our great country. Next time you see a military kid, take the time to thank him or her. They too, know the sacrifices all too well. For fantastic resources for military kids, head over to my friend Benitas website, Operation We Are Here.

Written by Patti on Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

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