Recently I have befriended a military wife who shared a video she created while her husband served in Afghanistan. She has already turned down offers to commercialize it. She said, “I did it when I had the feelings. I cannot go back and change it.”
As a result, she never wants this personal “memoir” exploited for any purpose, including propaganda, and has asked that I not release either her name or her husband’s. “I only expressed what I felt and what my children taught me about dealing with our feelings while their Dad was deployed to Afghanistan.”
The story behind the video started one summer night in June 2006, after her husband had been deployed for five months. “I had these words that kept running through my head. I couldn’t even watch TV. So I stopped and started typing. At the end of ten minutes, I had written a poem.”
She sent the poem to her husband to read. He was so touched by it he shared it. “I never signed my name to the poem. With no name,” she says, “I think that when other military wives/family/soldiers read the poem, they recognized their own thoughts put into words.”
Her words then took on a life of their own. When her husband returned in 2006, he brought back many pictures and videos. She saw the images that were running through her head as she wrote the words and developing the video grew as a natural progression of what she wrote. To end it, she decided her husband’s last letter to her from Afghanistan completed her tribute to all military wives and combat soldiers any time they face battle. As it happened, her husband was rotated to Afghanistan again in 2008.
Here then is a military wife’s view of her homecoming vet. BONNIE