Five Years

A woman pinning a pin onto a man in an Air Force uniform.
Pinning on his retirement pin

Today marks five years since my husband retired from the Air Force and we returned to civilian life. I learned so much during my time as a military spouse. I sacrificed a lot, too — especially a career. However, I wouldn’t trade my experiences as a military spouse for anything.

I have lived in and traveled through Europe. I’ve met wonderful people from all over the world. I have also seen a lot more of the United States than I likely would have otherwise, since I lived in Seattle and then Maryland (and we traveled by road in between). I have flown in Air Force Two and been invited to the Vice President’s Residence.

I will cherish all these things. They changed me. The life lessons and experiences I got as a military spouse were worth any sacrifices I have made. As for my husband, he was hired for the first job he interviewed for, and his transition into civilian life was pretty smooth. I’m grateful for the life we’ve had.

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