Mike is a former US Army Captain with two tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Dawson: It seems that with a lot of our callers the lack of communication with a deployed spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend is what puts a lot of pressure on relationships.
Mike: Mostly they are so engaged with what they’re doing that they don’t have time for that. If you’ve got a deployed soldier feeling guilty about being away, the last thing they need to hear is complaining about problems at home.
Dawson: Do you have suggestions for how loved ones should approach those rare, unscheduled, middle-of-the-night phone calls? Be safe, stay focused, we’re all going to get through this!
Mike: It’s really important for those at home to try to gain some situational awareness regarding their deployed soldier.
A lot of time soldiers are in isolated situations with limited or command-only communications.
He’s in the Navy and deployed somewhere in the Middle East… This trip he’s on now has been awful since he has minimal communication opportunities, so I understand how the doubt can creep in. if they make it through the training and first deployment they can make it through anything.