By Ja'Vonna Howell, Hired! ApprenticeMay 11, 2012
FORT STEWART, Ga. - The life of a military child can be much more of a hassle than that of the average child.
There is an emotional toll that can take over and cause all kinds of stress and possibly even depression. Some of these things include deployment, trainings and even military relocation. I have been living as a military child almost my entire life; therefore I know what it is like to live this lifestyle.
It is common for a military Family to move from place to place often. Moving can be hard for a child because once they reach their destination, they get comfortable and begin to form relationships only to have to move again. After a while it may become normal to the child but that does not mean that it is going to be any easier than the previous move.
In seventeen years I have moved three times. I moved from Fort Sill, Ok. to Fort Stewart, Ga. I remained here for a full nine years. Then I moved from Fort Stewart to Fort Bragg. Luckily, we had the privilege of being stationed at Fort Stewart again and I had been given the opportunity to move back to Fort Stewart a year later.
In addition to relocation, trainings can have an impact on military children as well. Parents, guardians and/or Family Members are taken away from children sometimes for months and months at a time.
Although relocation and trainings can impact children in great ways, I feel from personal experience that deployment has the most tremendous impact on teens. When you have someone close to you in the military and gain knowledge of a potential deployment, it gets very stressful. For starters, you have to deal with not having the person around you to have his/her touch and embrace.
However, living the life of a military child is not all bad; there is some good to it as well.
Being a part of a military Family, you automatically have your own personal hero. You have the privilege of encountering an extremely honorable man or woman.
We also qualify for medical insurance immediately. That has helped my Family even more in the last two years. TRICARE has allowed my grandma to receive the medical attention she requires ever since she had her stroke. I had to go to the doctor several times in the last year alone and I have had a surgery.
In conclusion, when living the life of a military child, there is more to bear. The life we have gets extremely stressful and hectic at times.
Although it is a lot for me to live with, I will do it because my loved ones still need support. To live the life of a military child is not all horrible. I have been doing it this long. I can and will continue to do so because I support our troops.