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I thought I’d stick this post up front here  for the remainder of the month for anyone interested in submitting a letter for Memorial Day. The inspiration came from a military wife when asked by her husband (after multiple deployments) why she still loved him. You can visit her blog here 

 

To those who love a hero –

Whether you are the spouse, parent, sibling, friend, caregiver, or other loved one of one
of our nation’s veterans, we invite you to join us in a very special project!

The idea for this project, The Love Letter Campaign, started on October 2, 2011, when I
decided to write an open love letter to my husband… a wounded warrior who kept asking
me the question on the minds of so many struggling heroes… “Why do you still love me?”.

Here is the letter I wrote:

The response we received to that letter was overwhelming. It touched a cord in many
caregivers and spouses. It made them stop for a moment and reminded them of their own
can sometimes get pushed to the side.

In our lives now often challenged by the “ugly” sides of invisible injuries like PTSD
(post-traumatic stress disorder) and TBI (traumatic brain injury) and the difficulties of
physical injuries we can all sometimes loose track of the “why’s”. But those “why’s” are the
very things that bind us together during the hard times and give us even more joy in
celebrating the good times. They are the things that keep us going and fighting to find a
new kind of happy after the battlefield, even when it seems impossible.

Sharing those “why’s” also gives us each the opportunity to respond to those who do not
understand our choices to stand by our heroes despite sometimes difficult to handle
personality changes caused by PTSD and TBI.

Basically, this project is a celebration of the rest of our stories… the stories that have
continued after the battlefield… the stories of heartache but also of triumph, of sadness
but also of joy… the stories that represent a lifetime of love despite and because of the
very things that we have chosen NOT to allow to defeat us or our heroes.

Please join us by writing a love letter to your own dear hero! Tell the world your story (and
all the reasons why that story continues!).

To submit your story, CLICK HERE.

Thanks,
Brannan

Brannan Vines
Proud wife of an OIF Veteran
Founder of FamilyOfaVet.co – See more at: http://www.familyofavet.com/love_letters.html#.dpuf

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