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MichelleD
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I am a career oriented woman, who just retired from 20 years of active duty service in the military. I now work in a civilian hospital, and recently completed my MBA in Healthcare management. I enjoy writing, cooking, running, and above all spending as much time possible with my family.

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Salon.com
MAY 24, 2012 10:45PM

Army Strong

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Army strong…

A term known by few, but felt by nearly twice as many unsung members

That didn’t hold up their right hand

Swearing to faith, God, and country…

May our soldiers find strength, peace, and passion

In the uniform they wear, and the dedication they stand beside

Daily

Honoring those,

Past and present who have served with impeccable values

Putting aside their wants and needs

To keep their country free…

Yet beside these soldiers are spouses,

Forever taking on more than they knew possible…

While their husbands are away

The wives become

Not only a Mom,

But a Dad,

A handy man,

A housekeeper,

A bill keeper

A career woman

A nursemaid to hurt children

A taxi-woman

A psychologist

A playmate

A friend

A support system for their family

And in the end

When the wick has been burned at both ends,

The Army spouse finds strength from within…

Because her husband needs her…

Needs her to be strong

So that his worries are lessened

Allowing him to further serve his country…

Army strong?

Why yes I am…

May I continue to serve my country while retired,

As a proud,

Army

Wife. 

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Indeed! Happy (upcoming) Memorial Day to all of our military and their families. I appreciate all of the dedication, sacrifice, and service, not just today, but every day! Lovely poem Michelle.
Ok...the irony does NOT escape me...and boy oh boy do I agree!
If this is you that you write of...thank you!
If someone else...thanks to them.
JD, this is me...retired 3 Jul91-1 Aug 2011...my husband still serves proudly. Thanks Jess, and Toritto...xoxo
Of course! Just remember that you bring pride to millions of us all over this country. R
Beautiful poem to honor those who serve us so unselfishly.
rated with love
The spouses are truly the unsung heroes. I salute you both.
Yes, happy Memorial Day!
This belongs on Army recruiting posters, Michelle.
Wonderful Memorial Day dedication, Michelle. Thank you for your service to our country.
So well done!!
~R~
Bravo especially on the eve of Memorial Day weekend. Our military does us proud.