An Open Letter to Military Spouses

Dear strangers,

I want to begin by saying something many people don’t think to say: thank you. I know first-hand how difficult it can be to love someone in the military but does that stop us? No. If anything, it helps the love grow stronger. It gives us the ability to never take any little time spent together for granted. And lastly, it gives us the opportunity to come together as a tight knit group, supporting and comforting each other through the hard times.

Thank you for supporting your significant others and encouraging them in their decision to serve and protect our great country. It’s not easy having the military be the top priority but it’s something we have to understand. The job will always come first, no matter what. Spending weeks, months, years apart is so hard and there will always be more classes, training, deployments coming back around. I know it may feel like it will never just be the two of you, but you will get through this. Stay positive and keep yourself busy but never ever forget to remind your SO how much they mean to you and that they always have you waiting (sometimes not so patiently) back at home.

It’s not easy for them either. To be away from home, from you, from familiarity but they do it to honor the commitment they have made to the United States of America. So thank you to all the spouses, for being the backbone of the many men and women who make up the greatest military in the world. You don’t get enough credit and you deserve it. And remember, every day is one day closer to being together. Stay strong, you’ve got this.

XO Emili

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