By Elaine Wilson, AFPS
May 21, 2010
As a former single mom, the single parenting challenge is a favorite topic of mine. So I was thrilled to get the opportunity to interview some military single moms recently for a story about how they balance their duty and home demands.
Times certainly have changed since I was an active-duty airman and single mom of two. It was pre-war, and the deployment rate and operations tempo weren’t nearly the same as today. Still, I struggled to take care of two babies while attempting to excel at work.
I have the utmost admiration for our current single parents who are facing a much different military, with multiple deployments and increasing work demands. One of the single moms I spoke with is deployed to Iraq and the other, who recently married, will deploy to Afghanistan within the next year.
Air Force Maj. Spring Myers, a single mother of two, is deployed to Iraq. While dealing with heavy work demands, she’s busy trying to help her younger daughter gather documents for her college application.
Army Spc. Sandie De Los Reyes was a single mom until about a year ago, but she still bears the brunt of the home burden since her husband is stationed in Georgia. She juggles taking care of her three children, including a 10-month-old, while also giving 110 percent on the job.
Both women blew me away with their commitment to service and to their families.
Many other women, and men, are either single parents or are acting as single parents while their loved ones are deployed. I hope they find comfort in knowing they’re not alone.
I wrote an American Forces Press Service article on the topic, “Single Moms Juggle Military, Home Demands.”
I hope you enjoy hearing from these women as much as I did.