So, I suppose I will tell you a little bit about myself and our family so you can decide if this is something worth reading or not..
I am the wife of a Iraqi war veteran, he spent 10 years in the US Army and deployed to Iraq 3 times. We have 4 beautiful children that live with us and he has 2 daughters (my bonus girls) that live in California. We were married before he joined the Army, and yes, believe it or not we are still married “after” the Army… I’m not saying it has ever been easy, but it has been worth it.
Mike was injured several times while deployed to Iraq, and because of the time he went first, 2003, if you were breathing then you were staying and fighting the war. So, that is what he did. He was medivaced home after he was struck with schrapnel from a rocket mortar and it destroyed his knee an lower tibula, he had surgery and was sent back to Iraq. He was then clothes lined by a low lying power line and electrocuted, it knocked him unconscience and caused a traumatic brain injury (TBI). We didnt know until after another deployment ( he did 3 total) and some time home, just how bad his TBI was and the damage it had caused. We have since learned that not only does he have the physical injuries from the explosion, the TBI, but he has pretty severe PTSD also.
He has been medically retired since 2011, and in February of 2015 they finally decided (after 7 surgeries) to amputate his left leg above the knee, because the limb salvage was just not working, and it was the last option.
He has since recovered well and although we have our days, like any family, we feel very blessed to have each other, our amazing children, and to be able to look forward to each day that God has blessed us with.
I enjoy spending time with family, watching movies, and I love reviewing products and being outdoors. Mike has a huge passion for hunting and loves to be outdoors, but although he can’t do everything, he uses the drive and passion he has, which is amazing and it’s incredible to watch how hard he has worked to overcome so many obstacles that could have kept him down.
Well, that was a brief run down of how we got to where we are, and I am sure I will go more into detail as time goes on.
The point of this blog is in no way to say how bad off we are or to complain in any way, but I’m not saying that it won’t happen from time to time because, that’s reality in any marriage, but, in fact, it is the complete opposite, it’s to let you know that there is life after the battle field. A couple, and family, can make it through anything if they put their hearts together and decide that is what they are going to do. YES things are, and can be, rough, BUT IT can work. There is hope and you are not alone.
Please feel free to comment if you have any specific questions or would like me to talk about specific things.