The Military Brat Team and the Homefront Team are combining efforts to share our experiences with the military lifestyle so that others can fully understand the sense of community, sacrifices, benefits, and expectations we all share as members of a truly unique group of people. Each month we will feature a story shared by a Military Brat Team member, and a story shared by a Homefront Team member.
This Feature is written by Leah Butler, shop owner of Reyna Red
From a spouse's perspective
I met my husband in a chat room, on Valentine’s Day 2006. He was in the midst of deciding what branch of military service he wanted to join. Talking to him about military service, his concerns about being a decade older than everyone, and how he’d handle a change from academia to being a soldier helped me get to know him.
We met in person for the first time in San Francisco in April of the same year, and continued talking on the phone and emailing nearly every day. We fell in love through a few letters written back and forth while he was in Air force boot camp in San Antonio. That first phone call from Basic, choked us both up, I can’t even describe how amazing it was to hear his voice.
I still remember that feeling even now, because there’s a moment at the beginning of every TDY and deployment where you are just waiting. Waiting to hear he made it safely, that he’s ok, and that he loves you. It’s one of those things that connect military spouses – the waiting – keeping those home fires burning for those we love.
Thank you Leah for sharing your story! If you would like to be featured here, please contact us via the CONTACT tab at the top of the blog.