Transitioning from Military to Civilian
It is with great pride, relief, and a little sadness, that I report, as of today, our youngest son is now a civilian.
I grew up in the Army. I was born into it and was a senior in high school when my dad retired. The last three years, while our son has been on active duty, have been like homecoming for me.
- I wore all my Proud Army Mom clothes and my Red Friday shirts.
- “HOOAH!” became my favorite word… I love that word – teehee.
- We supported our son, and his platoon, with weekly care packages during their deployment.
- We embraced and lived “Army Strong.”
Our son was in the infantry. It is now time for him to return to civilian life and go to school (on the GI Bill). I admit I will miss the camaraderie of the Army families I have come to know and grown to love. I also admit, I won’t miss wondering if my son is alright or not.
Of course, through the wonders of technology, I can stay in touch with those I have met (both in person and through the “net”). I will continue to offer encouragement and support to the Army families who are seeking information and coping skills. AND, now that our son will be navigating the
- VA system
- GI Bill
- Veteran’s benefits
- Veteran job searches
I will have a whole new set of information, knowledge, and coping skills to share… HOOAH!
I say with pride that, “My dad and youngest my son are veterans.”
I thank all of our veterans. We continue to pray, without ceasing, for our military and their families. Freedom isn’t Free.
*Pam Horton is a Certified Christian Life Coach working with military families.*