By Pvt. Lee Hyo KangFebruary 15, 2012
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- Many Military couples undergo hardships due to deployment. As loved ones leave to serve in the Army, sometimes Families experience separation. To alleviate some of the difficulties Military couples may face as a result of separation, the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan delighted Soldiers by delivering Valentine's Day balloons and flower grams on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14.
By delivering flowers and balloons, BOSS provided a way for couples to express their affection for each other. One person who appreciated what BOSS did for Military couples was Petty Officer 3rd Class Mouang Saechin who received balloons, flowers and a romantic letter from her fiancé.
"We are expected to sacrifice these holidays when duty calls," said Saechin. "It is heartbreaking not to be able to see your loved ones."
Valentine's Day is a holiday for lovers and it should be a happy occasion but it can also be a painful reminder that you are away from your loved one. By hosting this event, BOSS enhanced the overall quality of life for single and unaccompanied Soldiers living on the garrison. All events such as this one target single Soldiers who make up about 40 percent of the U.S. Army. While the BOSS program in America focuses on single Soldiers only, here in Korea, they take care of every Soldier.
It should be noted, however, that although many of the programs developed for Soldiers may help in boosting Soldiers' relationships, personal effort on the part of the Soldier themselves is also important to keep their relationships healthy. Saechin shared some of her thoughts and tips for a long-term relationship.
"You really have to communicate about what you want even if you are far away from each other," said Saechin after receiving the balloons and flower gram from her fiancé. "You have to respect each other's desires and needs even through distance."
The BOSS Program helped inspire and encourage romance and friendships by delivering more than 80 lovely presents to Soldiers, their friends and Family members at Yongsan.