Being a military child means sharing our dad with over 4.8 million other South Carolinians as well as over 320 million Americans that depend on our military to protect the inalienable rights that we hold so dear to our hearts and that make America great. Being a military child means having our dad away for meetings, trainings, or deployments when you have a big test, dance recital, soccer tournament, graduation, first date, a significant moment in your life that you wished he was there for. Being a military child means our dad is in harm’s way each day he steps on the job. Being a military child means meeting the families of soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice and now those families are trying to remember but move on as well.
But being a military child also means that we gain another family, our military family, to share our highs and lows with and who always provide a shoulder to lean on. Being a military child means we have an overwhelming sense of pride in the selflessness of our dad who gives so freely of himself on a daily basis and cares so deeply for the men and women he serves with. Being a military child means having fun with other military families and supporters. Being a military child means having the deepest respect for the American Flag, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the National Anthem, which remind us of the millions of Americans who serve, have served, died, been wounded, or are missing still today so that we can enjoy the lives we live. But ultimately being a military child means loving our dad and country so much that we couldn’t imagine life without the military!