We all have stories from our life experiences, but so many of those stories are left untold. For the month of October I’m focusing on Deployment Stories and writing everyday. Join me on a 31 Day adventure of Deployment Stories.
Today, Americans know fewer veterans than any other generation and I think it is important for us to share our deployment stories.
When I was deployed to Afghanistan I wrote letters home and had a journal. I wrote letters to help people know what I was doing and let them know I was safe. But now looking back I am so thankful I wrote home. My only regret is I didn’t write more things down.
I wondered if others had wanted to write down and tell their deployment story, but either didn’t have time or just didn’t think it was important at the time. I know not everyone is a writer. But I don’t think that changes the importance of sharing our deployment stories.
It made me think, how many deployment stories from past war periods are never told?
I think it is our job as military members to tell our story so there will be a written history of what we accomplished. I know sometimes the work we did was pretty boring, I mean how exciting can paperwork be. And so many of the days looked exactly the same. But we all have defining moments from our deployment experiences that shaped us into who we are today.
When I think back to who I was before I deployed and who I became through the deployment, all I can say is that my life will never be the same. A few months of training and followed by a nine month deployment to a foreign country changed my life. And I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. What’s your story?
I am currently working on putting together my letters home during the deployment and sharing my story in a book. But for the month of October, I plan on sharing not only my story, but other military veterans who have deployed. As I began to work on the series, I felt there are still stories not being told. So, I choose to include stories from military spouses who are left behind as well. They play at part in the deployment story and are often changed through the experience as well.
We had different experiences, jobs, combat zones and more.
We all walked away a little bit different. And with a story to tell. I’d love to hear your story. Comment below with how your life has been affected by a deployment.
Tomorrow I will be sharing about different types of deployments.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond or share my survey. Without you this series would not be possible. If you missed the opportunity to share your story or know someone who has a story to tell please send them this link. I am in the process of launching a podcast sharing the stories of women who are currently serving or have served in the military. I would love to include your story.