Hello Military Families

It is an honor being a member of the Families.com team. My goal is to provide articles that open doors into the lives of all military and family members—active duty, retired, reservists, families of service members, and the public that supports the military—giving insight and helpful information for everyone.

I hope you will stop by and visit each day. Take a moment to share your thoughts, ideas, questions, wishes, information, and stories. Whether yours is a story of surviving deployment or a great recipe, others will benefit from your hard-earned wisdom. Invite your friends and relatives to join in with us.

My own journey into the military family began in 1990 when I married my soldier. Two months later, Saddam Hussein invaded Iraq. For the first two years of our marriage, we were apart most of the time. Ten years in the civilian world helped us forget those times.

In 2001, my husband decided to join the Army National Guard. Before September 11, National Guard membership seemed like a great way to earn an extra paycheck and retirement. Once those planes struck their targets, life changed for everyone. National Guard and Reserve units would begin to play an integral part in the war.

My husband felt honored to serve his country in Operation Iraqi Freedom, alongside his fellow soldiers. I am proud of his service and thankful for each soldier willing to put his or her life on the line to protect our freedom. Knowing the sacrifices made by family members personally, I am also grateful to each one left behind.

I wish each one of you a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and a Happy Hanukah. I hope your families have peace and joy during this wonderful time of year.