We met 4 years ago online. We started as casual friends just talking about life and my kids. Your deep voice is what first got me and how rough it was yet after time how much tenderness there was behind it. Always asking me how my boys were doing and offering help from 800 miles away. It didn't take long for us to move to a point where we talked for hours on end. Both of us going everywhere while talking to each other on the phone and falling asleep with each other every night. At this point I knew I was head over heels in love with you and knew we would be together.
I had no idea what I was getting into moving in with you, my 3 tour in Iraq Marine. You were a different person when we lived together then apart and was when I discovered all of the problems and difficulties you hid so well. You still wanted military career and couldn't admit your problems yet. I was with you through all the difficult decisions to leave the military and seek help. Then came all the doctors appointments and trips to the VA with my kids in tow. Everytime you went to an appointment I was so proud of you and never prouder then when you went to your first one. You did not want to be a burden and get a rating and as you always put it take money you didn't earn. We had a lot of obstacles to get past but when you took that first step and asked for and received help I knew we would be okay and make it through.
Now all this time later, you are my boys father, loving them like they are your own. You are leading them to be strong little men, showing them what is right and wrong and that it is okay to ask for help and admit you need it. I couldn't ask for a better father for them. We were married last year and it was the happiest day of my life and the boys lives. They were so excited to walk me down the aisle to you. Joining our lives together looking at you being so proud of how far you had come knowing that I was supporting you through it and you me there are no words.
We are still learning and you have so many diagnosis now. I know it gets you down the appointments and my managing your medications, yet you keep pushing through it. You are my rock, my best friend, my hero and love of my life. It is my pleasure to walk this road and journey with you. I know the future will have its trials and difficult times but I know now we will come through it together. You are the strongest and kindest man I know.
You my dear husband are my love my hero and that will never change.
~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.co