Have you ever read a book, listened to a Veteran chat about their time in the military, heard a news story, watched a documentary, or movie and thought to yourself, “maybe I’m hearing a war story…” or “that is a powerful story about service?”
I have. I sometimes hear them directly from Sam. Now, this is not something that comes up in every single day in conversation, but there might be a moment, a trigger, a sound, or memory that pops up unexpectedly and Sam may mention something from a mission or deployment.
To hear him speak of those times is sometimes heartbreaking, but it is also important because he is sharing his story.
I am a big believer in the power of a story, the art of storytelling, and of course, writing.
When I listen to Sam talk about some of his deployments I have to pause. I pause to collect my thoughts and emotions, and I pause to really think and reflect on the fact that he is alive and he is present and he survived some unimaginable moments while serving our country.
Here’s a story, if you will, that I shared back in July. I feel it bears some repeating because it seems there are moments throughout our journey that I learn my husband has been to hell and back. He’s been on the brink. He’s gone through more loss and suffering than I can ever imagine. And he’s here. He’s here to heal, move forward, and share his story with others.
Take a few minutes to read “The Day I Learned My Husband Went to Hell and Back” posted originally here on our blog.
Then take a few minutes to hug and hold your loved ones close.