For our proud United States' Military servicemen, and women, who serve us bravely in combat theatres abroad, overseas service definitely doesn't come without its many stresses and stressors. Besides having to be away from family for, sometimes, countless months on end, there are obvious stressors, as well as, perhaps not so obvious stressors involved in their overseas deployments. Typically, their living conditions may be hard to fully understand, especially to a casual supporter who is separated by a large expanse of near limitless land and ocean. For these relatives, significant others, and loved ones, their only insight into overseas life may only be what they hear/see on the news, or from an occasional letter that arrives many days after it's actually written.
With such a lengthy war on terror, though, it has been many years since our initial United States' occupation(s) of Iraq and Afghanistan. For several million American citizens, they have already experienced these brutal conditions first hand, regardless of whether their role was that in engaging in direct combat operations or in combat support. Even still, the barren nature of the Middle Eastern theatres of operation is one that has changed relatively little for hundreds of years. Besides the obvious combat related stressors, the weather, terrain and climate have proven to be incredible forces to reckon with, which are fully deserving of our military's increased consideration.
Now that it's the year 2009, and we have been fighting the War on Terror for well over six years, many military personnel, and their families, have been asked to serve numerous deployments overseas. To hear of our brave service men, and women, having to serve multiple deployments overseas is clearly not so uncommon nowadays, especially in what could be perceived to be a somewhat overly utilized, and under strength, voluntary all around military force. The vast amount of sacrifices that are expected to be made of a military family, who is enduring a deployment together, is, more times than not, either misunderstood or completely unfathomable by those who do not have to experience it themselves. One benefit, however, of so many deployments, is our service men, and women's increasing familiarity with the overall environment that they should come to expect.
While there may be some things that are unforeseen, typically there are no surprises any longer in terms of what to expect from, not only the enemy, but also from the brutal climate and environment that presents itself everyday overseas. With such valuable experience, loved ones back home have also learned to tailor their emotions, as well as, the care packages that they send. They have learned about which products are the most perfect to send to their loved ones overseas. Knowledge like this clearly comes from experience, and, perhaps, the injection of a little trial and error. At the heart of every care package sent, though, is a deep founded desire to see a loved one's deployment made that much easier. It's the care, thought, and consideration put into everything you do, from the home front, no matter how distant it may seem, that can help to alleviate these many stressors.
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