Abandonment of the Military Family

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Abandonment of the Military Family
Linda D. Frost
College Writing I
Westwood College Online
Abandonment of the Military Family Day one May 28, 2008 the countdown to hell. Today has come. The girls and I are driving to the airport to pick my spouse, their dad after returning from his tour in Afghanistan. This should be an exciting day, but instead of the girls singing to the song playing on the radio, we are all silent. Excited to see him, but not sure if we're ready for what’s ahead of us, for him to return home. We put smiles on our faces and have genuine tears in our eyes as we hold our home made poster board welcome home message to him. His plane lands and we watch for him to come down the escalator to where we are waiting. He's
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I rushed home driving forty-nine miles in under thirty minutes in San Diego traffic to find no one home. Everything looked the same as when I left for school. The only things missing were the purple heart and bronze star medals he had on display. In the bedroom I rushed to his end table to find all his medicine bottles gone. His dresser filled with clothes. I called him but got no answer, text, still no answer. I came to the realization he had left. The longest drive I’ve ever driven was only five minutes up the road but felt like a full days drive. I didn’t know when or what to say to our daughters. Two days later, I received a call. My spouse said he cleared out the bank accounts and needed more money for gas to get back to Massachussets, he had decided to go live with a woman he dated from high school who would enable him to do as he felt with his life. In the end, our family faced an eviction so we were unable to rent anywhere in California, our car was repossessed, I had to drop out of school and we lost everything in our home except some of the clothes we that we could fit in my daughters car. My daughter and her Navy husband were leaving for a new duty station to Illinois and offered to take us into their home. This didn’t exactly work well. One daughter left home to go back to California to finish school and stay with a friend, the youngest daughter left to from
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