Did you know that you were a warrior? Well, you are.
We all know our loved ones are soldiers, warriors, and heroes, but you too are a warrior. The word is defined as someone who is engaged or experienced in battle, and, like it or not, you are about to engage in one of the biggest battles of your life, a deployment. A lot of emotions come with sending a loved one off to war, but the best thing you can do is prepare yourself against all of the obstacles that deployments can create.
Control Deployment or It Controls You
The heading of this section says “Deployment Master,” and I, by no means, know everything there is to know about handling a deployment, but I think that you have no choice but to set it in your mind that you are going to be the Master, the warrior, or it will control you.
A little background about me in case you are wondering why I feel like I am qualified to tell you what to or what not to do. Frankly, I am not. I am the same as you. I am the wife to a soldier in the United States Army. My husband has been active duty for four years this month, and we have been married for three. We are currently surviving our second deployment. During our two deployments we have experienced many of the things that most other couples will experience – the same triumphs and the same trials.
You Are Not Alone
My hope is that there is something that I have learned along the way that can help you in some way and let you know that you aren’t alone. Whether it is deployment number one or deployment number thirty one, the journey is the same. There is a whole community of warriors, experienced and inexperienced, just like you. I made the choice when I found out my husband of 3 months was deploying, to have a warrior mentality and be the master of the deployment. I knew if I didn’t take control of it, it would take control of me.
Just like your soldier prepares for his war on the battlefield, you will also prepare for your own battle on the home front.