Our soldiers sacrifice a lot for the sake of protecting our country as they spend months and years away from their families, often missing out on important milestones. Family members are affected by common stress symptoms that occur after a service member spends time in a war zone or combat.
These symptoms often have more to do with deployment to war or combat than with the family, and it takes time to readjust. Certain symptoms seem to have the greatest impact on relationships. The most troublesome for the combat veterans following time in Afghanistan, Iraq and other recent places seem to be sleep problems, disassociated symptoms, problems with knowing who or where you are, and sexual problems.
As these symptoms continue, PTSD can develop and cause other problems. It’s difficult to be away from your kids. This is how this heartwarming video starts, and I’m sure every parent would agree. After an important mission in Iraq, Kevin could finally see his son. It had already been two years since he had left his home and girlfriend to fight for his country, but now he was finally going back home.
The reason he was really looking forward to his return was to meet his son. His son was born almost a year ago, and because of his job, Kevin had never been able to see him. Of course, he received pictures and videos, but now he could finally hold him. But the moment he’d been looking forward to turned out to be very different from what he had imagined. It had been two years since Kevin had said goodbye to his girlfriend, Emma.
He was sent to Iraq and had to stay there for a long time. Kevin knew that he’d be deployed at some point. He’d studied and trained for this moment. It was his dream to help people in areas where they needed it the most. So he was happy and proud to do the work he did.
But he also felt the sting of pain when he thought about what he’d be leaving behind. He had to leave behind the love of his life, Emma. But that wasn’t all. Kevin had been in Iraq for four weeks, and Emma missed him tremendously. From the moment he left, Emma was devastated with grief.
She felt like her heart was breaking. She was nauseous, had a lot of headaches and crying fits all the time, all because she missed Kevin so badly. Even after four weeks, Emma was still sick with grief. This couldn’t go on like this. Taking the advice of her friends, Emma went to see a doctor.
Maybe they could do something for her. The doctors understood Emma’s grief very well, but the ailments she was suffering were not supposed to last long. There had to be something else going on. The doctor heard Emma’s complaints and wrote them down. When he finished writing and saw Emma’s tired look, he immediately understood what was going on.
The complaints you’re telling me about seemed to indicate a pregnancy seemed like everything was falling into place. The nausea, the sleepless nights, and the crying. It suddenly became clear to Emma she was given a pregnancy test by the doctors, and the result came back as positive. On the one hand, Emma was very happy. She’d wanted to have children ever since she was a little girl.
But on the other hand, she panicked. Her boyfriend, the father of her baby, was in Iraq for two years and couldn’t be with her during pregnancy or childbirth. She’d have to go through everything all by herself. It was a strange time for Emma. It was supposed to be a wonderful time, with both parents blissfully happy fixing up the baby’s room together, going to the first ultrasound together, and going through childbirth together.
But nothing could be further from the truth, because the moment the first contraction started, she was still alone. The delivery went very smoothly, and little Tom was born. Kevin was allowed to go home to meet his newborn son. But then fate struck. A few days before Kevin was allowed home, Emma received a message.
The situation in Iraq had become turbulent, and so Kevin was forced to stay. He simply couldn’t take his leave of absence. It was like Emma’s heart torn two. She’d been so looking forward to seeing her dear Kevin again. But she knew she couldn’t be sad for long.
After all, Tom needed her constant care and attention. Anna made sure that Tom was well taken care of. She relied a lot on the help of her parents and in laws who helped her when things got a bit too much or when she needed time with her girlfriends. And so, with the help of other people, Tom grew up and turned one year old. And there was a special gift waiting for him on Tom’s birthday.
And I got a call. It was Kevin. Hi, sweetie. Can you pick me up? I’ve just landed.
I’ll be ready at the baggage carousel in an hour. Oh, and happy birthday to Tom. Emma was nailed to the ground. She screamed and cheered out. He’s back.
Tom. Daddy’s here, she called out to her birthday boy as fast as she could. She put Tom in his car seat and drove to the airport, which wasn’t far from the house. Once there, she saw that her parents inlaw and sisterinlaw was there, too. It was a surprise for everyone.
Little Tom didn’t know what was happening, but he would find out soon enough, because when the Arrival’s door opened, Kevin was standing there. Kevin ran past his sisters and mother and ran straight to his girlfriend and son. He lifted him up and hugged him for at least five minutes. Everyone expected Tom not to recognize his father. He’d never seen him before in real life, and Skype always gave a distorted picture.
But then Kevin made a heartwarming discovery. Tom, who couldn’t talk yet looked at his father and said, Dada. It was the first word he spoke, and that little word brought tears to everyone’s eyes. Who witnessed the event. Military dads felt overwhelmed when they see their babies for the first time.
A heartwarming video has captured the tender moment a soldier returning home from Afghanistan met his baby daughter for the first time. His face filled with joy. Captain William Lots gently cradled four month old Finley, kissing her, nuzzling her and staring at her in awe as his tearful wife, Brittany, looked on. The soldier finally held Finley after safely completing a nine month deployment in Ghazni and returning to his family in Fort Drum, New York. She felt pretty light, new and fragile, he said, still reeling from the experience.
It felt pretty amazing. Brittany was just 15 weeks pregnant when he was sent abroad, and she gave birth to Finley in July. Good Morning America charted the couple’s journey, meeting with an emotional Brittany before flying to Afghanistan to speak with Captain Lots, who said he couldn’t wait to meet his first child. It’s pretty hard, he told Josh Elliot. You only have the birth of your first child once.
Wiping away her tears, his wife added that the day he returned home would be one of the best moments of my life. He’ll be home and he’ll be safe, she said. After his base closed as part of withdrawing troops from the area, Captain Lots pictured aboard a plane, grinning as he described his excitement back in New York.
Video captured the moment he embraced and kissed his wife before she introduced him to his daughter. As he kissed and hugged the baby girl, Brittany said, I love seeing him with her.
It’s the sweetest thing ever. After spending some time with his family, Captain Lots visited the GMA studio, where he proudly gushed about his new role. It’s been great, he said. There’s nothing like being a dad. There’s a wholeness and fulfillment that’s unequal.
It really transcends anything I can put into words. The show’s Operation Homecoming also followed Sergeant Michael Fuller as he reunited with his wife, Jessie, and their son Brantley, who was just two weeks old when his father was deployed. She admitted that she was going to be a big crybaby, while her husband said he knew he would only see his wife and son when he walked into the crowd meeting room.
It also charted the return of Major Mike Stewart and his wife Jennifer, who cared for their children, two year old Patrick and six year old Izzy, while he was away. As he returned, his daughter picked him out of a crowd and ran towards him, and his son said he wanted to go home and watch television with his dad.
My couch with these critters on it, I would do anything for it, he said at the prospect. Military families face several challenges before, during and after when a family member is away, the emotional cycle as it applies normally with deployments begins when news of deployment is released to the family. It starts with a short period of strong emotions such as fear and anger. As departure grows closer, A period of detachment and withdrawal may occur. This can happen to prepare the person for being physically gone.
During the deployment, family members have a range of feelings and experiences including concerns, worry or panic, loneliness, sadness, added family duties and responsibilities, Learning new skills, Making new friends Fear for their service members, safety, Feeling overwhelmed, Financial difficulties, Dealing with problems on their own, Understanding what your loved ones are going or have been through, and concern over being needed and loved.
Most of the aforementioned applies to the military service member that’s away. Children’s reactions to a parent’s deployment vary with each child. Reactions depend on age, maturity, and any other behavioral or mental health problems the child might have. The mental health of an at home parent often affects the child’s distress level.
This is especially true for young children. If parents successfully handle the stress of deployment, Their children are less likely to have mental health or behavior problems. There are added challenges when a service member returns from being away. Experiences during frequent deployments help family members gain more responsibility and overcome many challenges. Readjustment following deployment takes time.
Even if a service member has been away before, new challenges can arise with each reunion. Reunions can be happy or not, but are commonly stressful. There’s usually a honeymoon phase shortly after demobilization or the return of a service member, but it will be probably temporary. Children grow and get used to their arrangements. Some service members have been through some possible traumatic experiences.