“Proof that this community truly cares about the well-being, livelihood, and sanity of the spouses and families. Understanding the sacrifices and struggles, the unique path we have as NSW families. Words into action is priceless.”– NSW Spouse
It was a beautiful Sunday at the Hotel Del Coronado, as we greeted 60 NSW spouses for a delicious brunch to discuss their service member’s return home from a particularly tough deployment. There was a panel of speakers from the NSW command who spoke to the women about the challenges they may face when reintegrating back home with their spouse and the importance of their Third Location Decompression (TLD). The speakers welcomed questions and provided an open discussion forum for the spouses. It was a great opportunity for first-time deployment spouses to ask questions where more experienced spouses were able to share their stories and offer advice to one another.
The Spouse TLD is used to provide Naval Special Warfare spouses time to prepare for their husbands return from deployment. The home environment is a complex environment and it changes during the absence of the deployed service member. It changes again upon the return of the service member. The Spouse TLD prepares the entire family for this change in the home dynamic.
Drew VachalNSW Spouse Third Location Decompression
I’m realizing that showing love and appreciation for the people I care about most is more important than momentarily looking “cool” to a few acquaintances. I’m learning to express more gratitude and genuine appreciation to those who have gone out of their way to look out for me when it mattered.
I’m recognizing that too many people foolishly mistake kindness for weakness. I’m learning that it’s a liberating breath of fresh air to cut the rope and separate from habitual liars, setting them free to lie to others and, once fee from the lies, wishing I had done it sooner!
On this Memorial Day weekend we reflect on the ultimate sacrifice made by our fallen service members. They represent all the good that today’s military offers our great country. As we reflect on the significance of their service this weekend, we remain focused on our fallen service members’ families: Their parents, their siblings, their spouses and children, and their teammates and friends who continue to live in their honor.
We will never forget the families of the fallen, and this weekend gives us opportunity to remind each other about the importance of this federal day of recognition. To all the Gold Star Families, we pray for you and we are here for you. Your service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice for us are not forgotten.
Drew VachalMemorial Day Weekend – Rembering our fallen soldiers
On this Armed Forces Day, we thank our men and women in uniform for their service to our great nation and in protecting our way of life. We know they are not alone on their journey; their families are right there with them. Thank you too military families. We honor you as well on this important day.
Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Edward C. Byers Jr. joined the more than 3,460 other Medal of Honor recipients listed in the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes March 1, during an induction ceremony in the Pentagon Auditorium.
Drew VachalVIDEO: Senior Chief Edward C. Byers Jr. is inducted into the Hall of Heroes