Military Spouses Explain “What Civilians Don’t Get”

Here’s an opportunity to “celebrate” Military Spouses Appreciation Day. It was Friday, but a military spouse’s sacrifice is daily and lifelong. And, the day may have been overshadowed by ongoing coverage of the capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden.

Neal Conan (Photo by Antony Nagelmann, Courtesy of NPR)

National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation” with host Neal Conan devoted half its show Friday to the topic: Military Spouses Handle Challenges at Home. Conan’s key question: what don’t we “get” about military life. It’s a question this blog is dedicated to answering daily.

From taking on the role of medical advocate for her husband to the stress of becoming the family’s breadwinner, Gina Rinder is one of the featured military spouses from Denver. Her husband served two deployments in Iraq and is being treated for brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

2 Responses

  1. There’s so much civilians don’t get about our lifestyle, but I don’t think mine is strange, I think civilian life is weird. I can’t imagine a life where I don’t know my neighbors and where I live in the same town as my family. In addition to the normal concerns of a family in America, we have an extra set of fears and worries and unique sources of pride. Bound by our own language, common experiences and love for someone in uniform, I have extended family all over the world!

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