It is no secret that the divorce rate in America is alarmingly high. One may venture to guess that the military divorce rate is even more so, as each military marriage presents its own set of unique challenges.
I know, because I endured a number of these challenges firsthand as a military wife. My husband was active duty for the first 4 years of our marriage, and there were MANY arguments that sprouted simply because our circumstances weren’t ideal.
Recognizing these arguments, and learning how to say ‘thank you’ to each other has played a big role in the ultimate success of our marriage.
Military relationships are required to navigate some rough terrain.
For instance, being far away from your family can be frustrating, particularly if you have children. Continual address changes, saying goodbye to friends that have turned into family, work stress, etc. All of these strains collectively lay heavily on a military relationship, and there’s only so much weight one can hold before they snap.
Perhaps you and your military spouse are able to gracefully maneuver right past these stressors. Maybe these issues never even cause a hiccup in your relationship! If that’s the case then just stop reading because my advice will only fall on deaf ears.
However, if your military marriage is anything at all like mine was with my soldier, then it’s possible — and I daresay even vital — to learn how to express your appreciation for one another.
The cool thing is, demonstrating our gratefulness isn’t as hard as you might think! Here are some simple, yet practical ways to say thank you to your military spouse.