A Tribute to Military Wives

May 1, 2007 on 4:21 pm | In Tributes | Comments Off

A friend recently sent me the following tribute to military wives. While it is true that people fall in love and marry for reasons other than the profession of the spouse, it is also true that many serving in overseas conflicts are NOT professional soldiers in that this is all they do. They are accountants, truck drivers, lawyers, and countless other professions that are serving in the military reserves and who have been pressed into service in their “other” profession as soldiers.

 And it is a bit chauvinistic to focus this entirely on wives; there are many women serving who have left their homes and children to the care of their husband. Still the sentiment is genuine. There are many home-based heroes in any military conflict and today we want to pay tribute to them.

The military is not the only beneficiary of the work of contracting professionals, but they are certainly the biggest customer. We owe it to our men and women in uniform, as well as the other contractors who often serve side-by-side with the military, to get them the best possible goods and services on time, on budget, and performing as required. It is an important job, with many complex rules and requirements, performed thousands of times every day by dedicated government contracting professionals in support of our military.

So with that in mind, here is the tribute to the stay-at home spouses for our men and women serving overseas:

I would like to recognize these often underestimated, unseen, and unheard heroes.

This is for the sad military wives, the angry military wives, and the strong military wives.

This is for the young women that are waking up at 6 a.m. every morning, laying out clothes and packing three lunches for those small precious children that they have been left alone to care for.

This is for the pregnant military wife wondering if her husband will make it home in time to watch their miracle happen

This is for the childless military wife, living in a town or on a base alone where she is a complete stranger to her surroundings.

This is for the women that feel like a third leg when they go out with their friends and their husbands.

This is for the military wife that canceled all her plans to wait by the phone, and even though the phone broke up and cut off every time you spoke to him you waited anyway.

This is a pledge to the women that cry themselves to sleep in an empty bed.

This is to recognize the woman that felt like she was dying inside when he said he had to go, but smiled for him anyway.

This is for those of you that are faithfully in that long line at the post office once a month, handling 2 large boxes and 2 small children like a pro.

This is for that woman that decided to remodel the house to pass time, and then realized that she had no idea what she was doing and sighed and wished she had a little help.

This is for all the lonely nights, all the one-person dinners, and all of the wondering thoughts because you haven’t heard from him in days.

A toast to you for falling apart and putting yourselves back together. Because a pay check isn’t enough, a body pillow in your bed is no consolation, and a web cam can never compare.

This is for all of you no matter how easy or hard this was for you. Our marines/soldiers/airmen/sailors/coast men are brave, they are heroes, but so are we.

So the next time someone tells you that they would never marry a military guy, don’t bother explaining to them that you can’t control who you fall in love with. Just think of this and nod your head, know that you are the stronger woman.

Hold your heads up high, hang that flag in your front yard, stick 100 magnets on your car, and then give yourself a pat on the back.

If you are a military spouse or know a military spouse, this is for you whether you are the husband or the wife, or even the grandparent who has had to step in and support the fighting man or woman. We salute you; we applaud you; we thank you!

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