But September 11th changed that. Suddenly, he was deploying as often as the Active Duty guys. New Orleans. Guantanamo. Afghanistan. I was in a new world struggling to "keep it together" on the home front. To make sure the kids were hanging in there and that the house remained standing and that life remained as "normal" as is possible when someone you love is a world away and in danger.
And I knew I wasn't alone. But our families are often invisible. The communities where the typical citizen soldier lives don't understand the 24/7 implications of being the ones left behind when a soldier is called to serve. Military spouses frequently go into "survival mode" when their soldier deploys. If it's not bleeding or hungry, it's not an emergent need. We have a right to step outside of survival mode. To have needs met before a crisis arises. To live in compassionate and supportive communities.
Home Front Hearts was born of my desire to honor those who serve and their families. Through this organization, it is my intention to give voice to the families who also serve when their loved ones are called to duty. And to call to action the communities in which they live.
Randi S. Cairns
Home Front Hearts, Inc.