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Dear Deployment: Sincerely, The Almost Army Wife

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Dear Deployment,

You are over. You came (and scared me a lot) and you have passed, slowly, but you are now complete. Although, you didn’t come without leaving your marks behind. Some were positive while others have been negative, but each mark has taught me an important lesson that I will use in the future as an almost “Army Wife.”

At first, you brought long months of training for my, at the time, boyfriend. In those months of training, I learned more about what life was going to be like with him gone a lot. He’s a member of the Missouri Army Reserves so usually he was home and that something I liked very much. Sending him off to training for months prior to your arrival was not easy.

In those training months I learned ways to pass time and which friends I knew I could sit around on Saturday afternoons and watch movies, eat ice cream, and cry with. I learned that you were real, and that there was nothing I could do to stop your arrival, trust me, I tried. The end of training meant four days of leave for my solider.  Those four days also taught me a lot and changed my life dramatically. During those four days I became a fiancée and no longer just “the girlfriend.” I learned that this was my future and that you may come again and that was something that would always be a part of our new life.  

Read the rest of the letter here on Kelsey’s blog 

The Almost Army Wife

More about Kelsey:   

Hi, I’m Kelsey. Andrew and I met in high school when we were just 14 and 15 years old. We dated all through out high school and then he began his journey into the Army while I began mine in nursing school. We just completed our first deployment and shortly will be married! We cannot wait to see where life takes us next! 


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