Thursday, 07 May 2015
In honor of Mother’s Day, Sacramento RiverTrain is celebrating some of our nation’s hardest working moms–Military Moms whose spouses are deployed.
We have joined forces with the Travis Air Force Base USO to give a few of these strong women a much-needed break with a free ride and 3-course meal on tonight’s Mother’s Day Dinner Train.
Through speaking with these women, we were lucky enough to get a glimpse into their lives, and to help raise awareness by sharing their stories.
There are approximately 307,377 active duty Air Force members currently serving our country. Of those, 58% are married–many of which have young children. Currently, Air Force deployments range either four, six, or 12 months depending on the specific job, location, and mission requirements, and there is a possibility of being deployed every 20 months.
That type of uncertainty can put a lot of pressure and stress on these moms. Pamela G., one of the moms coming aboard the train tonight, shared her experience saying,
“Being a mother to my son is incredible; however, when you spouse is deployed, we as mothers have to take on the role of both parents which is amazing, yet very challenging.”
For Pamela, one of the hardest parts of deployment was getting used to the fact that her husband was not coming home for lunch or at the end of the day. “It’s hard having to be strong for my son when inside, I’m falling apart emotionally,” she said.
Aimee L., whose husband is in the military band, shares some of those same struggles. “His deployments are his concert tours, so they’re broken up a little differently,” she tells us. “He’s away a lot, comes back for a little bit, and goes right back out again. It’s like being a single mom while they’re gone.”
Luckily, both Pamela and Aimee, have strong support systems in place to help them through deployment. Pamela shared that she gets support through her beliefs, her mother, her best friend and a handful of her military friends who have become like family.
Aimee mirrored that sentiment, saying, “You rely a lot on your military wife friends who understand it a lot more than your civilian friends. They are all wonderful, but the military wives are living it, too.”
Sacramento RiverTrain is honored to have had the opportunity to celebrate Pamela, Aimee, and the other moms who will be riding the train and help to shed a spotlight on all of the mothers who prove daily that you don’t have to put on a uniform to serve our country.
Aimee summed it up beautifully when she said,
“Everybody has their own challenges, and everybody goes through ups and downs. That’s just life. This is the life I chose, and I love it.”