9-11 Changed Everything: A Story From a Military Brat Left Behind

The Month of the Military Child may have ended,
but FOX Fan continues to celebrate the military child!

I greatly appreciate FOX News for celebrating the strengths of a military brat. My younger sister and I are military brats. Our stepdad is in the National Guard as an Army medic. For six years we have lived a military life.

On 9-11 our world was completely flipped upside down. Since my stepdad is in the National Guard, he would leave one weekend a month, two weeks a year — nothing compared to 24/7 active duty families. But, on 9-11 our stepdad had to leave for almost an entire year to San Diego, 12 hours away, to work border patrols.

We were miserable; the only real male role model in our lives was ripped from our grasp. We kept on going since we understood what he was doing. At the time I was 14 and my sister 11. We knew that our stepdad had to serve this country and protect us from another attack. I felt a huge sense of pride wash over me because MY stepdad was defending our country. It was hard on my sister and I, but we talked to him everyday and when he came home we were so excited. It made us appreciate life that much more.

After our stepdad got back home, we moved closer to family, so if he left again we would have a support group behind us. Of course it was rough moving away from a home we had lived in for most of our lives, but I am thankful for it now more then ever. My first day of high school I met the love of my life. We started dating our sophomore year of high school and married a week before we graduated high school.

My husband is now a soldier, and now we are preparing to have our own military brat in August!

A poem I hold dear to my heart:

"I wear no uniforms, no blues or army greens. But I am in the army in the ranks rarely seen. I have no rank upon my shoulders. Salutes I do not give. But the military world is the place where I live. I'm not in the chain of command, orders I do not get. But my husband is the one who does, this I can not forget. I'm not the one who fires the weapon, who puts my life on the line. But my job is just as tough. I'm the one that's left behind. My husband is a patriot, a brave and prideful man. and the call to serve his country not all can understand. Behind the lines I see the things needed to keep this country free. My husband makes the sacrifice, but so do I. I love the man I married. Soldiering is his life. But I stand among the silent ranks known as the Army Wife."


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