When my husband was considering joining the Vermont Air National Guard, it was a family decision. This choice would change our lives. He's not the only one who joined the military; we all did.
We all have a choice in this country. It's a pretty fantastic benefit of living in the grand USA. We can choose what we want to be. My husband chose to be an Air Force engineer. I chose to be a stay-at-home mom. I then chose to use my open schedule to support fellow military families.
You have a choice, too. You may choose a different path in life. I hope you follow your dreams as we have followed ours. Can I tell you something, though?
We want you!
Don't worry. We don't want you to put on a uniform or head overseas. We simply want you to know that, just as much as this country needs the men and women of the military, we need you. We need you to support us. We need you to think of us.
If you've ever shaken the hand of a military member or a veteran and said, "Thank you for your service," you made our day. If you shoveled the sidewalk of a woman who has a deployed spouse, you did your job. If you bring a meal to a husband whose wife is away for training, you made us proud.
We want you. We need you! Make us proud.
Tasha Lehman is a mother of three boys living in Vermont. Her husband, Matt, is a first lieutenant in the Vermont Air National Guard who recently headed overseas for his first deployment. The “Home Front: Diaries from a Vermont military family” series chronicles their journey. Read more about their story in February’s “Use Your Words” essay.
This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.