Bangor Maine Vets and friends
As the day of my return becomes very close it becomes very clear why they put us through so many briefs on being reintegrated into society and especially your own family. It is more nervewracking then you can possibly imagine and as much as it will be complete joy to be together again it will also take a long time to get back to "normal". Coming back home is a difficult transition for everyone and even though marissa and I communicate to each other our hopes and fears about the reunion we both know it will have its rocky moments. We have no doubt that in time things will be back to normal but it will be a huge challenge. Its funny, even though all the veterens I knew told me that this was the toughest part I found it hard to believe until now. If anyone has an interest in some of the emotions and struggles that families go through in the reunion you can find some great information at www.militaryonesource.com
To Marissa I can only say how much I love you and how much you have meant to me through this deployment. You have had the tougher burden by far then me and I cant thank you enough for all that you have sacrificed. Military spouses are Vets just as much as soldiers and deserve medals and parades for what they endure in silience while we get the limelight. The fact of the matter is I could not have done what I did without your love and support and for that I am so very grateful. You are the best!!! Thank you!