Military Children Appreciation Month

In this month of April, the month of the military child, I ask that you remember those who are left to miss their parent, their home, their friends. The sacrifice these children make from a young age is a heavy load to bear at times, but in the end it leaves you with experiences and stories that most people don’t ever have.
Growing up in a military family provided me a vast amount of opportunities to travel and see new cultures at a young age. The military child or BRAT as we are sometimes called are a strong and resilient bunch. We can pack our bags, leaving out our favorite toy of course, and move halfway across the world without batting an eye. The military lifestyle provides us many opportunities to use our people skills to make new friends quickly after a move. These friendships often carry throughout several years through moves far away and near, but our shared experiences bind us together. At times during our childhood, one, or in some cases, both, of our parents were gone in order to serve our country. It’s something we have much pride in.
As a military child I’ve learned to be tolerant of other’s opinions and cultures. I’ve learned to adapt to new environments with ease. I’ve learned that even though things may seem tough or lonely, there is always something good to look forward to. Most of all, I have learned that family time is important. Through all the chaos of moving, deployments, and changes to work schedules, family time is often a precious commodity. I have used all of these skills to bring to Heavenly Hospice’s Bereavement Program. Through my time here I have learned many things from my co-workers, our patients, and their families. I truly feel that my childhood experiences have prepared me to work in the Hospice Community for many years to come.
In honor of all military families, and in special regards to those I’ve gotten to know under our care, I thank you.
Rhea Johnstone, Heavenly Hospice