We all get thrown curve balls, ours came in the form of an IED explosion. We learned to adapt, we compensate for our shortcomings, and make the most of it. Life is all about learning to compensate, if you have to forget something, forget the dog, not the baby.
The Story of a True American Hero, His Princess, and Their Struggle with TBI/PTSD.
Even being a Soldier myself when I made the transition out
of the military myself and became a military spouse the name of the game
changed completely. Stuff I knew became so foreign because the process was
completely different for a spouse than it was for a soldier. I did have a
slight advantage of knowing some things like rank, and how to read an LES, but
there were other things I had no clue about. I found myself wishing there were
some sort of guide to this life, something to solidify information because we
all know that sometimes by the time information gets to us a cow has turned
into a cat! I was so excited when I was approached about a new book Intro To
Army Life, by Allison Mewes, this book is just the thing for new spouses!
The book breaks down a part of Army life into eight very easy to understand
chapters. The difference between this book, and others though is the fact that
Allison throws in tips and tricks that helped her along the way. My favorite
was a tip about military spouses, it said, “ Many military spouses are highly
educated, well-traveled men and women with professional backgrounds. A good
rule of thumb is to not judge anyone until you get to know them.” Ah, this
should absolutely be the most important thing to remember in not just military
life, but life in general. We can learn so much from one another if we only
take the time. The book starts out by talking about something that any spouse
would agree is a very important thing for surviving military life, and that is
attributes to live by; Positivity, Optimism, Flexibility, Patience, and
Resilience. I could not agree more, if I could offer new military spouses any
piece of information this would certainly be at the top of my list. I had to
learn some of this the hard way, but I’m definitely better for it.
Intro To Army Lifetalks about the basics, Army Core Values, The Soldiers Creed, Rank
Structure, and even Basic Training. Now, being that I am the wife of a wounded
warrior, whenever I read any book about the military life and what to expect I
naturally want to see something about the downsides, and I was surprised to see
that Intro to Army Lifehad
its very own chapter on PTSD. I don’t want to say this makes me happy, but it’s
definitely necessary. Intro To Army Life not only talks about the signs
and symptoms of PTSD but also provides resources to help should your spouse
begin to show those symptoms. Two of those are books that I have personally
read and have recommended to others.
Healing Together: A Couple's Guide to Coping with Trauma and
Warrior--Always a Warrior: Navigating the Transition from Combat to
Home--Including Combat Stress, PTSD, and mTBI
The second most important thing that I almost always look
for is how to help military children through the challenges of military life,
and Intro To Army Life provided a whole list of things available to our
children, and even a fun explanation of the origination of the term “ Army
I absolutely love this book and think it is an incredible
tool to new, and seasoned spouses alike.
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