As a military brat, one thing I know — that all military children know — is that distance is hard. You rely on fuzzy video, short letters, and brief phone calls to bridge the gap, and it’s never really enough to fill the void. Having lived through numerous deployments as a kid, this commercial by a paper and packaging company called “How Life Unfolds” really hits home for anyone who’s ever had a military parent.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Karalie Moore
The first 18 years of my life were spent under military rule: primarily my father’s, who recently retired after 23 years as an officer and CH-46 pilot in the U.S. Navy. And while sometimes it was incredibly trying, I have to credit my upbringing for making me the person I am. Generally speaking, being a military brat has a really profound impact on who you become later in life.
When Colleen Cekovsky’s husband, Christopher, deployed to Afghanistan in 2014, she was left alone looking after two young children, until her neighbor, Joy Goulette, stepped up to help. Goulette, who has three small children of her own, set up a network of contacts in their neighborhood in Westfield, Massachusetts, in which participants took turns writing notes of support and cooking meals.