Among the many traits of a military dad is a never-say-die attitude when it comes to service - anything for the freedom of his beloved country. This Father’s Day, let’s take time to honor these brave and selfless men by peeking into their sacrifices to keep Old Glory flying. There are a lot of things laid on the line of duty, but a military dad gives up…
1. Special milestones in his children’s lives.
The sad reality is that military brats or kids of active duty military grow up in the absence of a parent. Military dads sacrifice basking into their children’s firsts; they miss out on countless conversations they could have had, hugs and kisses they could have shared. Although some testimonials from military dads say how thankful they are when their kids are young enough not to remember their absence in early years, they still wish they have witnessed those once-in-a-lifetime seasons of parenting.
2. Presence in his marriage.
Although loyal to their spouses wherever they are in the world, we can only imagine how tough it is to be out of physical touch and constant connection with the person you love most. Missed anniversaries, intimate moments, and domestic life together is taxing to a military dad’s emotional and mental health - and sometimes, even to the marriage he is protecting.
3. Stronger bonds.
Absence indeed makes the heart grow fonder. Thank God for technology that bridges the gap between a military dad and his family! However, no amount of Skype-ing can replace a stronger bond he could have established with his household. Online presence is as valuable to him as one in real life - and if he could only slip through the screen to be there, he would.
Yes, a military dad never gives up - and whatever he does give up, he does for this great nation. Before they are heroes of America, they are fathers and husbands, too.
We cover them in prayer that the time will come, these sacrifices will pay him back a hundredfold. Happy Father’s Day to the amazing military dads! Salute!