Thank you to all that submitted during our Love Letter Campaign! We truly appreciate each and every one of you and love that you so openly wrote and allowed us to share your letters. Throughout the year, we will continue accepting submissions and will launch our second annual Love Letter Campaign on Veterans Day, November 11, 2012.
Again thank you so much to everyone that participated this year, thank you to our dedicated readers, thank you to the ones that thought about writing, yet just couldn't quite find the words. We've all be there and there is still time to write for our next one!
"The Love I Hold" will be our final submission for this years campaign.
My Dearest Bran,
I have thought long and hard about how to write my feelings for you; we have certainly been privy to a way of daily life experienced by few, and understood by only that few. However we have managed to pull through stressors that many other couples could not. I have decided the best way to let you know my love for you is to fill your heart full of superlative adjectives.
I am the most grateful wife to have the honor of holding your innermost thoughts. I am the proudest wife in the world when it comes to your service, your sacrifice, and your dedication to our country, our family, and our marriage. I am the most hopeful wife there is knowing that our journey together will hold significant meaning in the grand scheme of life. I am most excited when thinking of how far we have come, and pondering where we have the ability to go. I am fondest of the times we have held each other close, not being able to see the light at the end of that inevitable tunnel, knowing that somehow our love for one another is enough. And finally, you are my greatest friend. I love you sweetheart; I know our love will continue to grow even during those moments where our superlative adjectives aren't so positive.
May the world know the love I hold for you and the love I know you hold for me,
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