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Something you may not know about me is that I was a military wife during my first marriage. My now-ex-husband was in the Army National Guard and between boot camp and deployments he was gone for most of our marriage. Recently I was given the opportunity to see the new movie Indivisible and it brought back a lot of memories of those days.
The official synopsis is “INDIVISIBLE is the extraordinary true story of Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his wife Heather. When war etches battle scars on their hearts, the Turners’ rock-solid marriage is shaken to its core. Carrying burdens the other can’t comprehend, they face one more battle: the fight to save their marriage. In theaters October 26: one marriage…one family…under God.”
I watched this movie with my teenager and neither one of us was prepared for just how emotional we would be. This is a more-than-one-Kleenex type of movie. It follows the Turner family as they enter military life and Darren is deployed to Iraq almost immediately. The time away, as well as the stress of the deployment starts to wear on his marriage. By the time he makes it home – with a full-blown case of PTSD – the family is a shell of what they once were.
No matter where we fall politically I think something we can all agree on is that our military members and their families need our support! I reached out to my friend Larissa who is the wife of a marine and asked for actionable ways that we can support military families. She said:
One of the hardest parts of military life is being separated from family, friends and all that is familiar. Because of our transient lifestyle, one of the gifts we enjoy is being invited to do holiday gatherings and everyday life events with our civilian counterparts.
Another way civilians can encourage us is by just checking on us either by phone or text to make sure we are doing ok. Inviting us into your friendship circles really helps us feel welcomed and helps us to plug in quickly.
Never assume we are ok. We are strong because we have to be but we struggle just like everyone else, we have just learned to “suck it up” and keep moving. Sending snail mail to encourage us reminds us that we are loved and not alone.
Another way you can support a military family is by donating movie tickets for them to see Indivisible! There are lots of great resources on the official movie site for everything from military outreach to marriage resources. You can also check out Planting Roots, which is the ministry Larissa is involved in.
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