Deployments are hard. They're hard on the soldier AND the spouse. We are quick to remember what the soldier faces, and rightly so. But I want to remind everyone that the spouses role is very difficult too. Suddenly, they're a single parent or alone. Every day wondering if it will be permanent. It's hard when they see couples together while they spend their time alone. For the parents it's the homework, all the ballgames, all the tears that fall from innocent eyes wanting to know when mommy or daddy is coming home.
As we celebrate this Memorial day, Thank a service member. If you see their spouse, thank them too.