Jamie and I have been married for nearly 18 years. We met in 1999, at the age of 22, married in 2001 at the age of 24, and then I began deploying to war zones in October of that year. My perception of what it meant to be a SEAL changed after 9/11 as our country and military shifted from “conceptual” war, to “practical” war.
For 12 of the 17 years of my military career, our country was at war. The solider/service member does not bear this burden alone, and in hindsight, I believe that the family shoulders more of the cost. We met young, and at the end of what can only be poorly described as a tumultuous experience, remained together, growing our family from 2 to 5 along the way.
My hope is that this podcast opens the door to many more with her. It was not easy to record, and she is uncertain, even as I write this about the release. I put incredible value and weight on her perspective, and I hope it resonates with, and helps those out there who have shared the same experiences.