>In my ever constant surfing, I recently ran across a truly thought provoking blog. Army Dad is a blog written by Tim, who has taken on being a stay-at-home-dad to his four kids and supporting his wife in her Army career. He raises some issues that I don’t normally consider.
Many of the services and resources available to Army (and all military branches) spouses are accustomed to working with women. Spouses’ Clubs are built around women’s interests and activities. The t-shirts, pithy sayings, TV dramas and web forums are mainly aimed at Army Wives. If, with all this support and community, women frequently feel isolated and lonely then how do the men feel? Women are an increasingly important part of the soldier community, where do their husbands fit in?
I had the very great fortune to meet a wonderful Army husband during my Soldier’s Company Command. The Brigade Commander was a woman, and her husband was retired Army. Upon his wife taking command, Bob dove headfirst into the experience of being a spouse. He joined coffee groups, attended FRG meetings, participated in the Spouse’s Club, and was the only man to attend the Post Mock Dining In. He brought a wealth of Army experience, a Soldier’s perspective, and a unique sense of humor. Among other learning opportunities, knowing and working with Bob made me realize that there is an ever growing section of the Army family that is underserved and undoubtedly underrecognized.
I have asked Tim to contribute a guest post which will be coming to you soon. No one understands the challenges and struggles of an Army Spouse like another Army Spouse. It’s always refreshing to bring a new perspective.
Look around your community, your unit….is it open and welcoming to ALL new spouses?