Deployment Affects Your Life Forever

Deployment Affects Your Life Forever – Episode 13

Welcome to episode 13 of the Women of the Military Podcast. Today’s guest is Christina Youngblood.

Christina is an Army Veteran and an Air Force spouse currently stationed in Utah with her husband and two children, ages 6 and 5. Her love for writing has found a home on her blog Heart & Stripes. She loves being a stay at home mom, volunteering on base, spending time with her family and she is currently working on her Bachelor’s Degree as well. She was raised in Florida but is experiencing her first winter in Utah after spending four years stationed in Belgium.

Christina joined the Army National Guard, but quickly found herself on her way to Iraq shortly after finishing training. She was young and about to embark on a 15 month adventure. Hear her story on Women of the Military Podcast #podcast #militarywomen #military

Christina joined the Army National Guard, but quickly found herself on her way to Iraq shortly after finishing training. She was young and about to embark on a 15 month adventure. Hear her story on Women of the Military Podcast #podcast #militarywomen #military

Joining the Army

Christina joined the Army in 2002. By November 2003 she was on her way to Kuwait for the second wave of Iraqi Freedom. She was a paralegal attached to a finance unit. This meant that even though she was technically stationed in Kuwait she went into Iraq throughout her 15-month deployment. This deployment experience at the age of 20 led to PTSD. It took a long time for her to diagnose and get help in her recovery process.

She joined the National Guard in 2002, but with basic training, Advanced Individual Training as a paralegal and leaving for deployment in 2003. She didn’t experience being part of the National Guard until 2005 after she returned home from her deployment. There she found a full-time job working with the National Guard. She worked hand in hand with an active duty unit and got to see more of the active military side than most National Guard members do.

Are you leaving the military? Are you unsure what comes next? Struggling with what do next? I can help. I served in Air Force for six years before becoming a military spouse, mom and blogger. The transition from military to mom was a hard one for me and the one thing that helped me was finding purpose again. I want to help you navigate the transition of life after the military and help you thrive. I created a workbook with the tools I have learned the past four years. Leading me from lost, lonely mom to momprenuer. #militarylife

Women in Combat

We also talked about the role women played in the war even before they were allowed to serve in combat units. She was overseas in 2003 and found herself out on the front lines doing her job. And I served in 2010 and deployed with a combat infantry unit. The rule to allow women to serve on the front lines and have any job they wanted to do was only made because women had already proven themselves on the battlefield.

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