Military Family Life, Part 3

Both of the families we have featured in this series say they are overwhelmed with the support they not only receive from their friends and family and even the military, but even strangers.

Lt. Col. Britt Watson says there has never been a time when he hasn't received positive support from the community.

"People are very sensitive to what's going on and they seem to know when husbands and wives are deployed," said Watson. "And they seem to rally around the families and I think that's very different. You know, a lot of families don't get that in the military."

"I'm overwhelmed by the level of support Meridian gives the military," said Lt. Col. Craig Ziemba. "I tell people there's no other town in America this size that contributes as much to national defense as we do."

And while having a lot of support makes life a little easier at home, it still doesn't take away the fear associated with deploying on a mission, especially when you're being sent to a place where tensions are high.

But Watson says there is fear in everyday life and that it is something you deal with. That can be tough though when children are involved.

"Especially one of the children really asks a lot of questions about dying," said Britt's wife, Kelli Watson. "I don't know if he overheard us talking about some stuff, but it was unsettling for a 4-year old to ask if his daddy is going to die. But now he's fine."

And both families say they are fine with living a simple life for the time being.

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  • by S.H. Location: Meridian on May 17, 2012 at 07:48 PM
    I agree completely. Go interview some enlisted men and see how life is. You will find it is drastically different then being an officer.
  • by Pegdrag Location: Meridian on May 17, 2012 at 12:04 PM
    This would have been better if you had used a pair of enlisted people, E-5, in place of a couple of O-5's on flying pay. They are at the upper end of the pay system and should be fairly well ofin the money dept.
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