Sharing Our Deployment Stories (31 Days)

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.

31 Days of Deployment Stories

10 comments on “Sharing Our Deployment Stories (31 Days)

    • I hope I share them in a way that you can learn a little about military life. If you want to read a little more about my experience you can check out my original 31 Day Series on Military Life. 🙂

  1. I will be following your series. I also have experience in deployment…not myself, but my first husband; my brother; my son…and can’t forget my father! The first deployment in my life, I was way too young to even know about it! My father left for Korea shortly after I was born. There are also non-war deployments, as in the first year and a half of my married life with my first husband. He was stationed in Germany, and I joined him there, returning home with my first born. And, now, as a member of the Army National Guard, my son has been to Afghanistan, Iraq, many “natural” disaster sites, and is now on his way to Puerto Rico after the hurricane swept through and did so much damage. As a Military Police officer, he and his unit will be “guarding” the electricians that are there trying to get some power to the country.

    Thank you so much for your service; and for sharing your story…I will be reading all of it; perhaps not all on the day it is posted…prayers for you as the writing continues!

    • This makes it all worth it. Thank you for this beautiful gem of encouragement and a reminder why it is important to share these stories. Thanks so much for reading.

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