Well where do I start?
Is it safe to say that while it is great to bring awareness to PTSD and shed light and understanding on a military widow, that this special was no different then what 20/20 or 60 Minutes would have (or has) done. We have seen this type of documentary program time and time again. Even though these issues are extremely important and deserve awareness, I believe it is safe to say as part of the “Military Wife” community that these topics have been rehashed excessively.
There are other aspects of the military wife life that could have been focused on and still made for good tv. Why not focus on the barely speaking english German wife who marries a soldier overseas and in a matter of a year or even weeks is thrust into a culture she barely knows or understands. What about focusing on when your soldier is deployed for 12-15 months and they come back and having sex (that’s right I said it) for the first time in months is awkward and how for some reintegration is not as easy as it is for others. Focus on how the first two weeks of homecoming is honeymoon like and then reality sets in.
Focus on the barely 18 year old girl thrown into another state on a base by herself raising a baby and living alone for the first time with no family. You want “Teen Mom” there ya go!
Focus on how multiple deployments effect us, focus on the friendships we create and have to leave behind, focus on the wife who drives herself to the hospital and delivers a baby alone. Lastly please make it known that deployments are not the only time we are alone, focus on the pay the soldiers get for all they do.
We also have alot of positive aspects of life that could be focused on. I live in Hawaii , do you think I would really be here without the Army? We travel more then the average mother and child, we meet great people from all over, we celebrate holidays together. We truly unite and that would have been great to focus on.
I will say that I read the comments on my Fan Page and was really unsure what some of you wanted to see?
On one hand I saw numerous replies that people were disappointed with this program because it focused to much on PTSD or death, yet and still most spouses were ready to flip if the show depicted us in a bad light, which by the way they I must say I think they did try to bring out the positive side of us considering it is E! of all channels. I do admit that frankly I am tired of everytime a show focuses on military spouses they only seem to show the ones who are doing some great deed. Can I please see a regular spouse who doesn’t have time to bake the entire Army cookies, or attend every single FRG meeting , or whose not volunteer of the year. Am I wrong for thinking that?
I guess it’s safe to say that maybe the military spouses wanted to hear about the topics above. So E! the next time you want to investigate us please come to a military installation and take a closer look at a day in our lives.
Hooah & Smooches
Army Wife 101
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