As Military Appreciation month winds down, I wanted to take a moment and briefly introduce you to my military hero – my husband.
My husband joined the Navy right out of high school. He knew what he wanted to do and went for it. His job in the Navy was as an Electronics Technician on the E-2 Hawkeye radar plane. He was enlisted for about 8 years when we met in 1998 and had spent time on Guam, in California and on deployment to the Middle East during that time. He had taken orders as a recruiter when we met so he was back home locally and we met because I actually knew his sister through a friend.
We were married in 2000 and not long after that he began gearing up for a deployment with VAW-117, his old Squadron stationed out of Point Mugu, CA. We hadn’t even been married a year when he left for the West Coast to begin workups for a routine deployment in July 2001. It was quite a culture shock to be a newlywed and living back with my parents until January 2002 when I was due to move to California with him when he returned from deployment.
On September 11, 2001, I understood the true extent of the sacrifice involved in being a military spouse.
We emailed that morning, briefly, and I didn’t hear back from him for 4 days.
Thankfully he was safe aboard the USS Carl Vinson and returned back to me safe and sound, as scheduled in January 2002. I will never forget standing on their pier in San Diego anxiously awaiting the return of the aircraft carrier. It was breathtaking and unforgettable as it rounded into view and docked smoothly in port.
My husband told me that while he missed me and his family, he couldn’t have imagined being anywhere else than on that aircraft carrier when his country needed him the most.
We spent a year in California and then he took orders back home near Chicago as a permanent recruiter where he would finish out his career.
During this time, my husband had suffered from back problems that were designated as “service-related” and he underwent thoracic back surgery. Because the issue was degenerative, the Navy honorably retired him as a disabled Veteran after 16 years of dedicated service.
He wasn’t actually happy about it.
My husband defines a part of himself by his commitment and his patriotism to protecting our freedoms and when that was taken from him without giving him a choice, he was extremely disappointed. I think we both expected him to remain active duty for many, many years.
Today, he finds other ways to show his patriotism, but I know there is a part of him that will always wonder what would have happened had he been able to remain on active duty. We are so proud of him regardless!
What can YOU do?
Military appreciation month is almost over, but there are things that you can do throughout the year to support the Military. One of the ways you can help is to support brands like Chevy who go above and beyond to support the military. In May, Chevy salutes our military with their #ChevySalutes campaign by giving back with great discounts for all Veterans.
if you are a Veteran, there is still time to get a discount on your next vehicle with Chevy! It takes just 3 easy steps.
- Register for an account.
- Get your discount code authorization
- Visit your local dealership and drive home with your new GM vehicle
But Chevy also supports other great military programs throughout the year as well. So supporting them throughout the year, helps them help even more military heroes!