Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Love Letter Campaign ~ Here's to Us




I'm writing a love letter to my hero on a day when I am struggling to find my love for you. I dread the holidays and this one was no different. You pushed everyone away including God. Although it's been years since you came home from going to war I'm still waiting for you to come all the way home. This year I realized that maybe you are never coming all the way home. Maybe when you go to war to protect and save a country, you go to save it for the people you left behind, the people who haven't been born yet or made citizens but you don't get to come home and enjoy the peace and safety you fought for. You save it for everybody else but not for you. So I wait and I hope. I refuse to give up. Perhaps some day you will make it all the way home, if you do escape the hell that came home with you in your mind, I will be here, waiting.


Submitted By: Danielle B.


This blog post is part of The Love Letter Campaign... a project started by FamilyOfaVet.com to encourage those who love a hero to write a letter sharing their story (where they started, what they've faced together, and why their love endures). It's not just for spouses, but also for parents, siblings, caregivers, and friends. It's about telling the "rest" of our stories... stories that continue despite PTSD, TBI, and the challenges of life after combat. To share your love letter or find out more about the campaign, visit http://www.familyofavet.com/love_letters.html.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Love Letter Campaign ~ A Mother's Love





Dear Son,

Watching you grow up from a baby to a wonder young man has given me great joy. When you enlisted in the military as a mom, I was tearful and concerned. But no matter what time day or night I prayed constantly for you. You still gave me great joy. 

During the call of you being injured as I felt it already in my heart, I prayed that God would protect you and bring you back to me safe and sound. A prayer that was honored.

Now I have seen you go through the effects from the injury and still I pray. No demon that is trying to rise up shall and will not over take you. The tests you've had and the many heartfelt pain you've shared still reflects my memory of a mother's love. Reaching out, encouraging, praying and listening as you speak. Whether it's five seconds, five minutes or hours at a time this mother knows the importance of listening to her child
After all a mother's love for her child is still a joy.

My heart can feel your pain because you are and always will be a part of my heart. A mother's love!

Submitted By: Melodie P.


This blog post is part of The Love Letter Campaign... a project started by FamilyOfaVet.com to encourage those who love a hero to write a letter sharing their story (where they started, what they've faced together, and why their love endures). It's not just for spouses, but also for parents, siblings, caregivers, and friends. It's about telling the "rest" of our stories... stories that continue despite PTSD, TBI, and the challenges of life after combat. To share your love letter or find out more about the campaign, visit http://www.familyofavet.com/love_letters.html.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Love Letter Campaign ~ You are Loved so Much it's Bigger than the Sun




To You Mr Andrew Lloyd. 

The Hero's Hero..My Hero Your Families Hero.  My sweet face man, I live everyday with you knowing where your pain emanates from...and I love you More.  I by far am not perfect and we have our squabbles, but you my King my Fighting Soldier have met and filled every empty space in side me with you.  I was not around in the beginning, we hadn't crossed paths yet, but now i am here and I'm going to stay right next you.  Hold you the way you hold me.  We have something that people search their whole lives for the beautiful girls I love so much as my own, Our friends who believe in our love.  Our Families who know we complement each other to the T!  I love you my Lloyd I love you for everything you do.  I love you for the man you are to me and the girls.  I love you my hero.  We love you my hero. Forever.

I'll Never Not Believe in You, I'll never Not Love You!


This blog post is part of The Love Letter Campaign... a project started by FamilyOfaVet.com to encourage those who love a hero to write a letter sharing their story (where they started, what they've faced together, and why their love endures). It's not just for spouses, but also for parents, siblings, caregivers, and friends. It's about telling the "rest" of our stories... stories that continue despite PTSD, TBI, and the challenges of life after combat. To share your love letter or find out more about the campaign, visit http://www.familyofavet.com/love_letters.html.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Love Letter Campaign - 11/11/67




A Bronze Star V-necked my true love's chest,
Lodestar phantoms counsel R&R.
An attitude adjustment at a nations behest,  
Now nameless anxiety is the invisible scar. 

A Purple Heart tattooed Vengeful Psyche -
Lingering static stifles sobriety's light.  
An Orgasm is a thunder strike,
Naivety in love is an SOS, Right?

A Silver Star shines Villinously luminescent -
Lonely foolish children suck a solitary thumb.
And Love is California effervescent 
Now that Daddy daydreams in Kingdom Come.

A Medal of Honor Vivisected a soldier's neck - 
Lost on point in a rice paddy in Viet Nam
A splash down in a pungi pit -  a bitter reality check. 
Never forget is the epithet of this cryptogram.

Submitted By: Wife of a Vietnam Veteran


This blog post is part of The Love Letter Campaign... a project started by FamilyOfaVet.com to encourage those who love a hero to write a letter sharing their story (where they started, what they've faced together, and why their love endures). It's not just for spouses, but also for parents, siblings, caregivers, and friends. It's about telling the "rest" of our stories... stories that continue despite PTSD, TBI, and the challenges of life after combat. To share your love letter or find out more about the campaign, visit http://www.familyofavet.com/love_letters.html.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Love Letter Campaign - Different




To My Brandon, 

              I can't believe we have been married for almost 11yrs now. We have been through so much 15 years you serving raising four children. I still close my eyes and see the man who seen something different in me. When we met I was a single mother of two kids. Raising them on my own. Their real father walked out and it was just me. I began  to believe it would always be just me. No one would ever see me as anything other than a girl with two kids. I met you thinking he will be the same as everyone else no different. I was so wrong you came into my life and really seen me for me. I remember being terrified of you I just couldn't understand the warmth of your heart and the gentleness of you. I had never met someone like you. I always knew you were different. We dated for a month and you stepped up and took my kids as your own. I just was so amazed wow is this real. You asked me to marry you on my son's birthday. Which I never saw coming after a little over a month. But I knew you were different and I said yes. I was definitely a little  scared because then we got word you would deploy but it was a chance worth taking. After your second deployment I could tell you where not yourself and it scared me. You became so angry and shielded from me and the kids. I tried to talk to you but you wouldn't let me in. But I knew who you really were so I tried to always understand. But after years of fights and you trying to take your life I knew things were not OK. You realized you needed help and got counseling for PTSD. It was not easy for either one of us but I knew we had to do this to save you and me. We have come so far together and I realize every day how much I need you in my life because without you I would be different. You are such an amazing person and have so much to give I am so great full you picked me to grow old with. I love you and honor you and will always be by your side. You have faced PTSD and not let it over come us and because of that we are so different we are stronger.

Submitted By: Proud Wife of a Veteran


This blog post is part of The Love Letter Campaign... a project started by FamilyOfaVet.com to encourage those who love a hero to write a letter sharing their story (where they started, what they've faced together, and why their love endures). It's not just for spouses, but also for parents, siblings, caregivers, and friends. It's about telling the "rest" of our stories... stories that continue despite PTSD, TBI, and the challenges of life after combat. To share your love letter or find out more about the campaign, visit http://www.familyofavet.com/love_letters.html.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Love Letter Campaign - Love My Husband





I love my husband with all my heart and sometimes I feel like I can't go on. He is so mean to me, and I don't understand. I  am not allowed to get sick because that is when PTSD really shows up. Like now I am having real bad headaches and pain running down behind my left ear also my neck hurts so bad at times I just want to cry. I am supposed to be resting until I can see the neurologist next week but he acts like he doesn't care, if anything gets done in the home I have to do it, he doesn't take care of paying the bills and if I don't get them done he gets so mean. I am afraid to say anything at all at times and I feel like I am walking on egg shells and they are going to crack at any time and set him off. When he is sick I take care of him but it is not that way when I am sick I take of myself. Everyone at Church thinks that he does take care of me but I don't say anything to anyone. I got real bad at Church Sunday and couldn't keep my balance and he got mad at me I think some of the members saw the way he was acting but I could not help it. It is like he is ashamed of me, but I have got to try and hold on no matter how bad it gets because I do love him and I will take care of him as long as I can.

Submitted By: The Wife of a Veteran


This blog post is part of The Love Letter Campaign... a project started by FamilyOfaVet.com to encourage those who love a hero to write a letter sharing their story (where they started, what they've faced together, and why their love endures). It's not just for spouses, but also for parents, siblings, caregivers, and friends. It's about telling the "rest" of our stories... stories that continue despite PTSD, TBI, and the challenges of life after combat. To share your love letter or find out more about the campaign, visit http://www.familyofavet.com/love_letters.html.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Love Letter Campaign - My Hero, My love




Dear Michael,

  I wanted to let you know just how much you have touched my life. There are no words to say just how affected my life is by your presence. I have never met anyone like you before and I can't imagine my life without you in it. My heart has been healed from past damage, I have someone to look up to, to lean on when needed. You have been there when I've needed you the most and help my hand through touch times. When my world was thrown upside down, you were the one who was there, giving me strength to even move forward. I know that you believe you don't deserve all you have but you really do. You have seen the worst in this world and I can only give you a little color and peace. I only have my heart to offer you and my time. I will always be there when you need me. I can only pray that this continues on the path we are on now. I love you more each day. The more I spend time with you the more I learn that love is patient and kind and that there is hope for true love !
after all. 

With all my heart,

Jennifer


This blog post is part of The Love Letter Campaign... a project started by FamilyOfaVet.com to encourage those who love a hero to write a letter sharing their story (where they started, what they've faced together, and why their love endures). It's not just for spouses, but also for parents, siblings, caregivers, and friends. It's about telling the "rest" of our stories... stories that continue despite PTSD, TBI, and the challenges of life after combat. To share your love letter or find out more about the campaign, visit http://www.familyofavet.com/love_letters.html.