Married to the Army (MTTA) was started in 2003 when I discovered there was little, if any, information about what it was like to be married to a soldier. I wanted so badly to know what to expect when he joined but I was on my own.
Would we be able to call me while he was in training? (Very little, but those were the best phone calls)
Would he get to come home for Christmas? (Yes, Exodus became the sweetest word I’d ever heard!)
Would he deploy right away? (In most cases, no. In our case, yep.)
Would we have to move halfway around the world? (We moved two hours from our hometown)
Would we really survive this? How would I ever deal with a deployment? (We did, and you just do)
The Mission of Married to the Army
The mission of this site has always been to provide information, resources and support so no one else felt unsure and scared as they began this journey.
Throughout the site, you’ll find hundreds of articles from numerous Army family members that seek to give an insider’s look on topics ranging from insurance coverage and PCS tips to deployments and PTSD.
I’m proud to say MTTA has been recognized in numerous publications and websites as well as in a PBS documentary. As we’ve grown, it’s allowed us to reach even more family members and show our support as they support their soldier.
The Unexpected Gift of the Website
The website has introduced me to so many amazing people. There are many women I met because of this site who are still part of my inner circle, and there’s quite a few of them I’ve still never met in person. But the bond of Army life has connected us all. We have supported each other through the happy times of the birth of a baby or homecoming from deployment as well as the struggles of medical issues and, sadly, even that dreaded knock at the door.
No matter what, we’ve all been there for each other. And without this site, I may not have ever met these women who have had such an enormous influence on my life.
I’m thankful for all of those who choose (and have chosen) to serve and for the families that choose to support them. The Army experience can be an overwhelming one and I’m proud to have been a part of it.