Friday, January 20, 2012

The Love Letter Campaign: My Husband, My Hero


PJ,

There sometime seems to be no words to describe the things that you have done to protect your family.  You say you joined the Army in order to keep the fight away from your wife and children, to keep us safe and make a better future for us.  Along this ride we have followed you as the head of our family.  You have brought amazing people into our live and given us great opportunities that we may never have been able to experience, but along with those great opportunities you have experienced some great pain. 

Through you first deployment you saw the loss of many friends and were forced to do things that you never thought you would have to do, yet as a soldier you did what you were told and followed through with the mission.  During you second deployment you lost several members of you company early on and yet you still went out and full-filled your missions as expected. 

On your first mission back from R&R your Stryker was hit by an EFP, leaving you riddled with shrapnel up and down your whole left side.  January 3, 2011 is a day that changed our lives forever.  It showed me the great strength you had, I have always known you were strong, but to the extent I had no idea. 

And yet I didn't hear from the military of your injuries and attack, you called me to make sure I knew you were going to be okay.  Your concern was not for yourself but for me.  For you to worry about me during that time seems unthinkable, but for you, it is just who you are. 

Being with you during you initial recovery and helping you with wound care was a new experience and I can say that being around so many at Brooke Army Medical Center put many things into perspective for both of us and was a great blessing for us as well.  I would not have changed our time there together, for all the blessings and friendships we were given there.

When I see your scars all I can think is how much I love them, the are a symbol as to how truly strong you are in so many ways, as a soldier, husband, father, friend and leader to your other soldiers.

The impact that you made on others on you FOB and in your company that they would have a Special Forces Commander, who was already very impressed with you, hear you were hurt and pull one of his units out to find the person responsible shows that you relationships among others on your FOB and were respected by others as well.

I am proud and honored to be your wife.


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, visithttp://www.familyofavet.com/love_letters.html.

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