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For Vets, Family Matters

November 12, 2013 3 minute Read by Colonel Miguel Howe

The Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative recognizes the value and sacrifice military families make every day. In listening to our Warriors talk about their recovery, it’s clear that families provide a crucial foundation and support system. For many of these Warriors, their families have been a source of stability and inspiration from the moment they chose to wear the cloth of our Nation.  Families are the rock that enables military service, and also empowers the road to recovery.  We honor the family members who empower and enable our National Assets to continue their proud service to our Nation in new and meaningful ways.

“I think it’s important before you decide to join the military…to have something in your mind that is worth fighting for, something that’s bigger than yourself, something that’s going to get you up out of bed every day and continue to push you forward. For me, that was always my family.” - Sergeant Johnnie Yellock


 

“My wife…she’s been the rock through the whole thing. She’s always been there for the kids when I wasn’t able to be or been there to support me when I needed to be supported or taken care of me when I needed to be taken care…she’s my rock.” - Staff Sergeant Andrew Bachelder


 

“I was really lucky. My family is a great family. We’re real tight-knit. They made sure I came out on the other side a better man.” - Captain James Barclay


 

“My wife has been there from Day 1. She never left my bedside…she has pushed me in times that I never thought I could do anything, she’s motivated me, she’s told me I could do things I never thought I could do again, tried them, and she’s supported me in all of my endeavors”Sergeant Saul Martinez


Colonel Miguel Howe (USA, Ret.) is the Director of the Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative.