Deployment is a journey. What will yours be?
Deployment is an uncertain time filled with many fears. You may wonder how you will get through each day, how you will cope, and what you will do during this time. The fears and worries can be endless. But the journey doesn’t have to be intimidating. You too, can learn to step forward with confidence and experience hope, joy, and encouragement in deployment.
This is a journey you were meant to take. Don’t let deployment intimidate you; learn to step forward with confidence. Remember: you are not alone. The challenges in this journey may be waiting to dishearten you, but you can and will overcome them and experience hope and encouragement on the road ahead.
Kathryn Sneed is a military spouse, who has been through deployments, moves and raising children in military life. Those of us who have been down that road don’t need any more information. We get it. We’ve learned lessons along the way; what we want to do again and what we’d do differently. Perhaps, like Sneed we stumbled. We were like a deer in the headlights trying to figure out what to do on our own. We may have had one or two friends there for us, going through the same thing. Military life isn’t very conducive to forming bonds with those that have walked before you, those with years of experience, because we’re moving away. Generally you find people going through exactly what you are, which is great, but sometimes you need more information.
Sneed’s little “mini-guidebook”, as I like to call it, does a pretty decent job of touching the major points of pre-deployment, deployment and post-deployment. The book includes some of the things that I feel generally aren’t talked about enough. Those things include talking about the hard stuff, when to communicate and what to communicate. Many military couples, especially those that are young and starting out, don’t do that. There are many realities of deployment and war that no one thinks about until their spouse is already gone. I’m guilty of it. Not talking about your mistakes, or talking about the things you’ve learned, does a disservice to you and your fellow Milspouse. Sneed is open and honest about what she has experienced. She talks about things from a very real and vulnerable place.
That is another thing that I appreciate about this book. The stories are real. The military life isn’t like a Hollywood movie. There are some really hard things about it. In this book they are addressed in an easy to follow guide, going through the events as you would experience them from the moment orders are dropped. You can pick this book up at any point during your deployment experience and reap the same the benefits.
It may not go into excessive detail, and I’m not sure that is the point of the book. The book doesn’t bog you down with words, nor does it overwhelm you with details. I appreciate this book is for those reasons. The book provides enough information to a new military spouse that is real and useful, without causing one to lose their mind.
Journey Through Deployment offers real advice in an easy to navigate package. I would recommend this to any new military spouse. If you are looking for intense information and a large amount of resources this book is probably not your cup of tea, but everything has its purpose; and this book serves its purpose.
4 out of 5 stars