What’s Ahead for Military Couples in 2013


While taking my morning gander around the internet this morning, I came across this little piece from Yahoo. “What’s Ahead for Star Couples in 2013.” In it they bring in a psychic and a comedian to give us the dish on what going to happen with three celebrity couples in the coming year and answer such burning questions as “will Princess Kate have twins?”

Now I don’t give one fig about what’s ahead for celebrity couples, but I do care a lot about military families. And I think without being delusional a psychic, I can make just as many predictions as Yahoo’s expert.

In 2013 ...

You’ll be surprised by how emotionally stressful deployments, separations and reunions are. You’ve been doing this stuff for years, but it doesn’t matter. You’ll still forget, just like you have every other time, the exact level of stress this stuff brings. Just like with having a baby, you’ll have forgotten just how painful the whole process can be until right there in the thick of it again.

You’ll be amazed by how strong you’ve become. Even though the emotional stress will catch you off guard, you’ll be surprised by how you’ve gotten better at handling it little by little. You’ll remember those old coping habits. You’ll have learned from your past mistakes. You’ll realize you are a better version of you. You will feel empowered.

You’ll finally use those counseling resources the military offers. Yes, defense funding may be in limbo, but leaders have made it clear that they have no intention of doing away with much of the counseling services. So you’ll realize that this is your year to find a professional to talk to. You’ve heard that while it seems a little squirrely from the outside, there’s really no stigma attached and it really does make you feel better. So you’ll call Military OneSource, do the 30 minute screening with the helper-guy on the phone and get set-up with a fabulous counselor. You’ll go for an hour a week for awhile and at the end you’ll be the best version of you’ve ever met. Your marriage will be stronger. Your confidence will be greater. You’ll take challenges in stride.

Look at that. I can tell that 2013 is going to be fabulous!

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