Photos from the 2007 Military Times Service Members of the Year Awards. Photo by Lisa Nipp

Photos from the 2007 Military Times Service Members of the Year Awards. Photo by Lisa Nipp

I recently had a dream that Scotty was getting ready to deploy again. I had all the same feelings I felt on that day in October 2004. The fear and ever present reality that you just don’t know if you will see them again.

Once I woke, my mind quickly went to all my sweet military friends who’ve gone through this feeling over, and over, and over again with multiple deployments over the last 10+ years.

My heart is with you my sweet friends.

The military life is not easy at all, if it was, more people would be doing it, but it is extremely rewarding and your friends become your family.

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“It is more rewarding to serve that to be served,” all my military spouse friends live this every single day, from the ones who get the dreaded knock on their door or the horrific phone calls of life changing news, to my friends who continue to support their soldiers who protect our amazing country. My heart and prayers are with you all, always.

You are America’s best, Warrior Women.

You encourage me daily. If I’m upset because Scotty has been gone for the last week and I’m tired of doing bedtime routine all alone, my mind quickly goes to you all, who have gone months or years alone raising a family, or if I’m annoyed because Scotty needs picked up and it does not fit my schedule, I’m reminded that many of you would give anything to go pick up your husbands on a whim.

Thank you for making this country a better place. Your service is powerful, your service protects the future of this country and your service changes so many on a daily basis.

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