I was able to attend his Basic Training graduation, which conveniently fell on Valentine’s Day weekend.
I saw him again after his RIP graduation – this time he came to see me.
In the Spring of ’08, he joined the Army and went off to Ft Knox for basic training soon after. Everyone thought I was crazy for committing to someone who would be stationed halfway across the country, but he and I knew it was right. Sure, there are days that I’d rather not get out of bed, when I’m lonely and all I want to do is cry.
And if that’s what it takes to be with my soldier, then throw anything you want at me – I’ll get through. I hope this helped out or gave hope or comfort to those of you who are also dating a soldier and/or are in a similar situation to mine.
I know it gets rough, and sometimes, all we need to know is that we’re not alone, that someone else understands and is doing it too.
Although I had complete control over his finances and legal matters, I was still not an Army wife.
This meant I could not be included in phone trees or any kind of support system.