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PRIDE IS NOT JUST A WORD
Soldiers carry an immense pride for serving their queen and country as they carry out their daily duties but pride doesn’t stop there of course as we approach the month of remembrance, as the nation shines with pride for its serving soldiers, veterans and their families everywhere.
I remember 3 years ago as my husband whom had left the armed forces after 22+years prepared his medals for his second Remembrance Day as a civilian, I wanted to swell with pride and gratitude for all he had endured ever thankful that he was safe and out of harms way knowing he was the man he is because of all that he had been through, experiences which will remain with both of us forever.
I speak on behalf of “Wives of “or that lovely phrase “dependant of” a serving soldier, who can tell you first hand of how the unique experience of army life affects the whole family not just those who serve, bringing exceptional challenges along the way.
As a mother too, having a son who was critically injured whilst deployed in a hostile environment I understand the impact this has on everyone involved. The pride I have for my son is immense and the moment I learned of this tragic incident will stay with me forever, making me forever thankful for the recovery he had made and the fact that he is alive today.
It was through long separations, extreme deployments, saddest days of injury and loss that lead me on my counselling journey. My work which involved the casualty tracking of injured soldiers from Afghanistan ignited my passion for supporting military personnel, and their families. This passion will always be with me and my experience of this unique way of life helps me truly understand the life of the serving soldier and the trials and tribulations they go through along their chosen path. As such this has become a specialist area in my counselling work.
Every serving soldier particularly during operational deployment may be involved or witness many incidents and my husband was no exception to this having had his fair share of operational incidents in extreme environments.
As the nation remembers those that have fallen, let us remember all soldiers and veterans everywhere not forgetting the military wives and families too, because they serve alongside their soldier husband/wife/partner/son/daughter taking a back seat as they play the important role of supporting their loved one, often putting their life on hold as they watch over their soldiers career with pride.
RESPECT TO THOSE HEROES WHO HAVE FALLEN, VETERANS, THOSE STILL SERVING AND THEIR FAMILIES WHEREVER THEY MAY BE.
DEDICATED TO ALL
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Tracey is a private counsellor providing therapeutic counselling in and around Huddersfield working in all areas of counselling also specialising in loss & bereavement, trauma, abuse and workplace stress.