Click on the icon to the left to download a quick and easy quilt pattern.  
This pattern was originally designed as a "deployment quilt" - a quilt to
be give to servicemen headed for Iraq or Afghanistan as a reminder of
home.  It is also perfect for use by those who are recovering in the
hospital or at home.  It only requires basic sewing skills.

You fall in love, get married, and dedicate your life to your spouse’s service career.  You
battle having children alone, booster bake sales, family readiness group meetings, field
rotations, your family and their questions, his family and their questions.  You face being
Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt, Uncle, and friend at all times.  You literally come to
grips with hardship, discrimination, and multiple relocations the second you find real
friends.  You wrestle with frequent deployments - endless days of waiting and worry,
keeping everything together until your soldier, sailor, airman, or marine is home again.
Then, you face the hardships of trying to pull it all back together again - helping your
children readjust to having two parents, your spouse adjust to non-combat, "garrison" life -
yourself getting lost in the process.

Your life resembles a gigantic juggling act.

Then the other combat boot drops... DISCHARGE.

Maybe he was wounded in combat.
Maybe he made this choice for himself.
Maybe his command made it for him.
Maybe he made it without you.

And while he’s processing paperwork and saying goodbye to friends you worry about:

The economy
The unemployment rate
Where are you going to live?
HOW are you going to afford to live?
Health care
School for your kids
School for your spouse who has never known a life that didn’t involve a high and tight.
School for you who gave up your dreams to follow him

Sleep becomes a thing of the past as you scramble towards an inevitable deadline that no
one can pinpoint for you.  You can handle transfers.  You can handle deployments and
field rotations.  You have a network of people surrounding you (literally if you’re in housing)
who have been there and are willing to step up and help you.  

But you, you’re heading to that elusive place.
That strange world.
You’re going to become one of THEM.
You’re going to become a civilian.

Those here at Family of a Vet have been there.  We have, in military speak, Transitioned.  
And we know a few things such as:

Yes, you will make it through this.
No, this isn’t the end of your life.
Yes, you CAN become a successful civilian wife.
No, it isn’t easy.

But there’s one thing we are committed to above all else:

Making CERTAIN you don’t have to do it alone.

Veteran Spouses Looking for Answers & Support

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Free Downloads for You from Family Of A Vet

Journaling can be a very effective way to deal with the emotions and
thoughts that you have about separating from the military, dealing with
your Veterans mental or physical wounds, or just a way to collect your
thoughts and feelings.  Click the icon to the left to download a special set
of journal pages designed just for you!  These pages are designed to be
printed on front and back of one sheet of paper (with a larger margin on
the inside edge) so that you can create a quick, expandable,
inexpensive journal with your printer and a 3-ring binder.  Enjoy!

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