When I was offered the awesome opportunity to be a “blogger” for Military Missions, my first thought was, “Wow! Cool! What an honor!! Can’t wait to get started.” My immediate second thought was, “Oh wow, what am I going to write!?!” I’m not a Marine Mom who’s faced their child heading off to bootcamp or combat. I am however the spouse of a 100% disabled, retired, combat Marine veteran. Although my experiences may be different from a Marine Mom, there are many commonalities we share. We all love someone who has served and/or fought for our great nation, the United States of America, defending the freedoms and life we enjoy.
Military members and their families (whether active duty or retired) are all members of one giant family who forge bonds and connections through experiences unique to their world. Those who’ve never been a part of that life simply can’t truly understand in its fullness what that means and many times do not have a full appreciation for the freedoms we are blessed with. If you’ve ever had a friend, family member or loved one go off to war or serve in the military, you understand that freedom isn’t free. You know what sacrifice for freedom truly means.
Within that broad connection between the armed services branches, I’ve discovered there is an even more fierce, unique, tight-nit, intensely loyal bond, a family known as the United States Marine Corps. I have a father who served in the Army, a friend who served in the Navy so I understood about military life, sacrifice and the bonds formed within that. However, it was nothing in comparison to being a part of the life of a United States Marine. “Semper fidelis” and, “Once a Marine, always a Marine,” are not just catchy phrases… they truly are a literal, lived out embodiment of the Marine Corps.
Finding myself as a member of this family by being the wife of a retired Marine has been a roller coaster ride of honor, pride, heartache, love, appreciation, thankfulness, gut wrenching challenges, it is a life I’m so thankful to have and a family I’m honored to be a part of. So to all you Marine Corps families and members, I’m thankful for each and every one of you. I’ve never met you, but I love you, care about what happens to you and will help you in anyway I can. Thank you for your sacrifice and commitment. Thank you for all you do and all you sacrifice. May God bless, strengthen and refresh each and everyone of you.
Married to retired 100% disabled, Infantry Marine, I work for the Kentucky State Police (have been a employed by that agency for the majority of my adult career-started out as a E911 dispatcher, then moved around to various positions within the agency & now work in the Human Resources Branch at HQ), was a Kentucky foster/adoptive parent of teens, am a ordained Chaplain, love being outdoors & being active (hiking, walking, gardening, etc), am a HUGE animal lover/dog person (have three fur-babies ;), love my family & church family (who are all AMAZING PEEPS).