In our first conversation, Coming Home: Veterans Readjusting to Civilian Life, our contributors — including veterans, family members of veterans and members of organizations that support veterans — share their own stories, offer insights on the challenges facing returning veterans, and provide tips and resources on the kinds of support that families, friends and communities can offer veterans.
It looks like I'm in for an early Christmas present this year. My husband is returning from his latest deployment unexpectedly early and just in time for the holidays. I'm thrilled! We have not had much in the way of holidays together the last three years.
I am taking a brief pause from posting this week so that I can perform the usual rituals that women who haven't seen their spouse in a long time have got to do. This includes cleaning the house and the family SUV, getting a haircut, a manicure, putting up the Christmas tree, as well as making sure the refrigerator and pantry are stocked with his favorites, chilling a 6 pack of beer, special bottle of wine and pre-cooking some of his favorite dishes.
Homecoming is a lot more than a special day, it's the beginning of a period of adjustment, bonding, and new growth. I will be back next week with my perspective on reintegrating your family after a long separation.
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