I cannot promise to understand why you share things with your comrades that you will not share with me.I cannot promise that there won't be times when my heartache makes its presence known before my pride can mask it.I will use every moment that you are not with them to showthem the amazing man that you are through my actions and my pride.I can promise that there will never be a night where you are not the subject of my final prayer and the keeper of my dreams.I will be strong for you as you are strong for me and I will carry you with me in every moment until your sandy boots again sit just inside our door.
There is a "poem" (as many have called it) circulating the internet. I cannot promise to be beside you for every difficult moment, every trial, every hardship. Any special date to us may be tainted with the anniversary of the death of one of my friends.
They will be a support to me in some things that you cannot be. I may need time to process things that seem natural to everyone else. Whenever you want to call and you have no number to dial I will be wanting to do the same.
It will seem that someone - or something - will always take precedence over you. I will protect everything that we have created together with every fiber of my being while you do the same back at home.
For those who will fly today, for those who are there now, and for those who will soon join the fight, Lord, shield them from all evil, strengthen their hearts, and bring them home safely.
Someone, somewhere, at some point, renamed it to "A Military Man's Promise" or "A Military Couple's Promise". In truth, I can promise you that I will not be with you for most. I will ask you to take over whatever life we have built together for months and years at a time.