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Kathleen Harris Causey has been interested in military issues since being introduced years ago to several people in various branches of the military, who have become close friends. She is passionate about advocating for soldiers' welfare, especially proper mental health care for combat veterans. Kathleen married SSGT Aaron Causey, an Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team leader, earlier this year. Now a part of the big Army puzzle, she is chronicling her journey as an Army spouse at her blog, The Unlikely Wife. In the coming months, she will contribute to Regarding War blog. As means of an introduction, we asked Kathleen a handful of questions about military life, her travels and her writing.
Where are you from and where are you living now?
I am from Birmingham, AL. Currently, I reside near Fort Drum, NY, with my husband. We just moved here.
How long have you been a military spouse?
I married into the Army on Easter Sunday of 2010.
In which branch of the military does your husband serve? Is he currently deployed?
My husband is an EOD technician in the Army. He is not currently deployed but is always training for his inevitable return to the Middle East. When he does go, it will be our first deployment together.
What has military life taught you and what has it taken away?
The lesson I learned the quickest is to never, ever think that something will happen the first time; schedules change constantly, and there is nothing that can be done about it. I have also learned that there is a lot of paperwork for every little thing. It helps to be nice to people in the administration offices, because they're probably as frustrated with the process as the soldiers and their families are. The Army has taken away any normalcy I ever wished to have in my marriage with my husband. Every second I can have with him is like a gift from the government, because at any point they can take him away!
Where has the military taken you? Do you have a favorite place among them? Least favorite?
I just finished up living in Mannheim, Germany for four months. My husband completed two years there. Being in such a central European location provided us with a chance to travel. Since I just arrived at Fort Drum, I really don't have a least favorite place. I have been to some older Army posts, such as Fort Benning, and I hate the musty smell in a lot of the buildings there. My husband served in the Air Force for six years prior to entering the Army, and his favorite place he was stationed was Aviano, Italy. I've been myself, and I'd definitely commit a few crimes to get stationed there! It's absolutely beautiful. Even though we're stateside at Fort Drum, the weather and living is a whole new culture to me. I'm a small, Southern girl and have never been in sub-zero temperatures, so this is going to be quite an adventure.
When and why did you start writing about military life?
I was introduced to the military life through friends and a college-era relationship some years ago. I've seen a lot of relationships made and broken because of what the military requires of people, and have been commenting on that for five years. I began to write consistently about the military this past summer.
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