Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Love Letter Campaign ~ Open Letter

I'm a retired Sailor who was married for 18 years of a 26 year career. I served in Grenada, Lebanon, Panama, Desert Shield/Storm, Somalia and Afghanistan. I thought I had it made because my marriage had survived the deployments. Wasn't long after I retired that my lovely bride found someone else, the family friend. Im disabled with PTSD among other things and I knew it was an issue and got the help I needed. Guess it wasn't good enough. I guess I'm writing this to please help those of us who don't have a support network of people to love us because our spouse abandoned us. My kids love me and understand I fought for this country and have seen and did bad things, but they are young and don't need to be saddled with this. I'm just asking that you remember those of us who have no one to write us a love letter.

Thank you

Submitted By Veteran of Lost Love

This blog post is part of The Love Letter Campaign... a project started by 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


  1. Hang in there. There are alot of us going through similiar experiences. You have a place to go.

  2. You are loved more than you know. I'll write you a love letter. Sometimes spouses have to go, and we feel badly for, as you say, abandoning our loved one. But in times that physical abuse takes over and safety Is an issue, we must leave. (not that this was your situation, but it is mine). We thank you for your service and apologize for the lack in strength of our country to provide the support for PTSD members prior to the deterioration of their marriages. Stand strong, because you are strong.