The Breadth of the Military Family

Our family is expansive. It encompasses people from all over the world, from different backgrounds, ethnicities, and so much more. We are a diverse group with one strong bond. We value the family we are part of. Sure there are service rivalries, but often the competition is in good fun (at least we hope it is). Nevertheless, this post is speaking to the open and comforting embrace of the military family at large.

Recently, a friend of mine passed away. She was a veteran and a military spouse. She was young and full of life. She was kind and helpful and smart. I could go on and on, but words could simply not to justice to her spirit and the loss my immediate community has felt.

What brings to me to post on this tragedy is that I want you all to know, how this military family of ours came together in support of our fallen friend and her family. Donations were made, condelences were sent, people traveled from distances, food was made, and people pulled together. Most of these folks never even knew this woman personally nor her family. Perhaps their husband served with hers or they shared emails on a discussion board or they simply heard of passing from another. They just knew it was our duty to honor this great woman, this loving mother and dear wife. They knew what we had to do. It was instinctive. No one hesitated and everyone wanted to help.

We see this happen time and again with fallen service members. We honor them when they pass, but rarely do you such a huge outpouring of support for a spouse. I cannot even begin to tell you how moving this whole experience has been for me. The saddest part is that I wish it didn’t have to happen. Still, I know that she is looking down from Heaven, in amazement and knowing how her military family came together to honor her.

As taps filled the air, I felt a rush of emotions. This family has said goodbye to a sister.

Hold tight to your family members my friends. Our time here is precious and small. Make the time to befriend your fellow spouse, because in a moment of need or grief, you’ll quickly learn how they form ranks and support you and yours.

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One Response

  1. What a beautiful post! Thank you for that. You said it all so well. I was going to write something silly today, but I think I’ll post it tomorrow after reading this. It’s just a nice reminder of what we are a part of.

    : ) M

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