What National Guard & Reserve Families Want YOU to Know

I have been the spouse of an Army Reservist for many years.  I’ve lived through trainings and deployments.  I’ve watched my husband wake up at 0300 to drive 200+ miles to his drill weekend, get home at 2130 Sunday night and wake up at 0530 the next morning for his civilian job.  I’ve seen him work 12-14 days straight because of drill weekends.  I’ve watched our daughter struggle through deployments because none of her friends understood.  I’ve seen her get confused between military trainings and work trips; having no clue where her daddy is.

It seems that our National Guard and Reserve families spend a lot of time defending their spouse’s service.  I’ve heard everything from:

You knew what you were getting into At least he’s not a ‘real’ soldier At least he’s making money (during a deployment) He’s a Reservist so he isn’t in any real danger

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