Things got in the way, and we both dated other people and went on with our lives for 4 years, though we always remained friends. I told him about the dream, we began talking on a regular basis, and soon after, we started dating. It’s been almost a year since then, and he’s been deployed in Iraq for the past 9 months, but I don’t regret my decision, and I wouldn’t have my life any other way.In the Spring of ’08, he joined the Army and went off to Ft Knox for basic training soon after. Everyone thought I was crazy for committing to someone who would be stationed halfway across the country, but he and I knew it was right. Sure, there are days that I’d rather not get out of bed, when I’m lonely and all I want to do is cry.I started dating my boyfriend when I was 15 he was 17. I was supportive, but I didn’t really know what I was in for either.
He was schedule to deploy to Iraq in a matter of days.We spent an amazing week together but saying good-bye proved more difficult than before.Although there were no deployment orders (yet) I knew in my heart that the minute he arrived at his duty station he would be gone.Although I had complete control over his finances and legal matters, I was still not an Army wife.This meant I could not be included in phone trees or any kind of support system.I was a junior in college and had no way of just picking up and leaving for Georgia. That was probably one of the hardest things I ever had to do.