Are you a “Two Weeks a Year – One Weekend a Month” Military Wife?
Doesn’t that just sound absurd? We don’t look at Reserve soldiers as part-timers so why in the world would wives feel that way?
As a Reserve wife myself, I know how hard it is to feel “connected”. We do sometimes feel as though we really aren’t a part. “That’s just something my spouse does”, you think. But, it really hits home when our soldier is activated and worse yet when deployed.
Many times Reserve families are away from the anchors of the military life. The soldier’s unit may not be close. Personally speaking, we live in middle Tennessee but my husband’s unit is in Kentucky, an hour and a half to two hour drive depending on location for the current month’s drill. We do not have the conveniences of the commissary and/or PX. Probably the most disheartening of all, is there is no family support; no FRG, no welfare checks and no camaraderie among wives and families. I truly believe we are in the minority as I have seen and experienced quite the opposite.
The good news is that even if you don’t have a military anchor right in your backyard you can do something to get involved, be a part, and really feel and know that you are more than a “Two Weeks a Year – One Weekend a Month” military wife! Without your love, support and encouragement, your Citizen Soldier would not be able to do what he does.
Take the time to research, reach out, and explore the opportunities you have available. With the Internet and the vast resources available, especially with Army Wife Network, you can be involved, recognized, fulfilled, and develop lasting friendships in the process.
And remember, there is no such thing as a part-time soldier or part-time military wife!