August 8, 2016
By Mary Beth Bruggeman
Mary Beth Bruggeman, left, serving at Operation Motown Muster.
The word “deployment” has so many emotional associations for military veterans that it can be difficult to explain to a non-veteran why we miss them.
Few relish the time spent away from family, missed birthdays and anniversaries, first steps and even the birth of their children. They don’t miss the fear, the discomfort, the flies, the hole in the ground that serves as a shared toilet, or the pain and sadness from the loss of their comrades in arms.
But sure enough, through the joy and the excitement of homecoming, there often lingers an unsettling desire to be back out there with our brothers and sisters, committed to a difficult mission that, by its very nature, tries us and unites us in common purpose.
And in a twist of psychology that defies all reason, we miss it when it’s over.