Photo by the U.S. Army

Anyone who’s been a part of or around the military over the last few years knows that resiliency is a high priority. After more than a decade of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, the military has had to battle its own demons on the warpath, including spikes in post-traumatic stress, drug and alcohol abuse, and suicides. Recognizing the need to build a stronger, well-rounded force, former Army Chief of Staff General George W. Casey Jr. founded the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program, later named Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Program. This program is focused on helping soldiers and their families bounce back from challenges and adversity by building all five dimensions of strength:  social, emotional, family, spiritual and physical. In 2013, the Ready and Resilient Campaign was launched, further emphasizing the importance of resiliency to a soldier’s readiness.

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Photo by Desiree Ahmann

I’m sure there are people out there, specifically those not in the military, who see military parents in a negative light. Yes, the military has taken myself and my husband away from our children at times, whether it be for a one-week annual training exercise, or a year-long deployment. Yes, this is hard, for the children and for the parents. But being in the military is one of the best things that I have ever done for myself and for my family.

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