Verizon Stock – Every successful spouse leans on a supportive one.
“It takes a strong, dedicated person to be a military spouse. Spending months and years away from each other can test your will to the core. My husband Chris and I married in July 2010 and shortly thereafter, he was stationed in Okinawa for two years. I made the difficult decision to remain in New York to focus on my career.
“I shed tears and experienced difficult moments, including lonely holidays and important events. We video chatted from opposite time zones, and lived through our own personal tribulations. After two long and bittersweet years, we were reunited at our new home in Biloxi, MS. Then we’d learned there was a clerical error causing Chris to get overpaid while overseas, leading the government to cut Chris’ pay in half, resulting in our losing nearly everything — except each other. I worked three jobs, making it difficult to come up for air.
“We felt like things could not get much worse. In reality, we wished we’d been more appreciative of what we had. We had lifelong friends who are like family to us, had a roof over our heads, and there was a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel — even when at times it didn’t seem that way.
“In 2014, Chris flew from Biloxi to New York for an interview with Verizon, and we were thrilled when they offered him a position and we were able to come back home. We worked our way back to a normal life until both our careers brought us to Massachusetts. In 2017, we welcomed our son Aidan into the world and I then realized the days of 60–65 hour workweeks with my previous company had to end. I applied for an operations position with Verizon, and just like that we were both working for the company. We’re both back in New York and are truly grateful to be working here together.
“Being a military spouse was one of the best things that could have ever happened to me, as it makes me so proud to be married to someone serving our great country. Most of all, it made me the strong, independent woman I am today. It helped me to understand that family is just as important as a career. Things can hit rock bottom and you can still fully succeed if you just hold on to each other and work hard. You can ask any military spouse how difficult it can be. If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”