While speaking with another parent about our experiences of our respective unit send-off ceremonies, we discussed our mutual feeling of the importance of keeping the general public apprised of our families' experiences throughout the deployment. We talked about different ways of doing that and settled on blogging. Hence, My Yellow Ribbon was born.
Shortly after Tyler returned from Afghanistan, his contract was over and, like any parent, I was relieved. However, 8 months later, he re-enlisted in the Iowa National Guard and now serves as a recruiter again.
I still write because I feel it's important to keep the sacrifices of the families and those who serve in the public eye. People don't pay attention to the injuries and deaths that occur on a near daily basis. I publish the casualties as they are released. I write about soldiers who are recovering from their injuries received while serving, as well as other military issues.
I still receive comments from parents of soldiers who read about my experiences and relate them to their own. It's helpful to them to know what they are experiencing is normal and that they are not alone.