I'm so happy to be able to say that Allen is in a great place right now, he's more stable than I've seen him in at least the last three years, if not since his injury in 2007. It was great being able to spend some much needed time with him while we were in the DC area getting testing and treatment done. Being able to just focus on him and what he needs and how much work he has put in over the last 11 months was just what we needed. We definitely missed the boys, but it was really nice being able to just be us for a few weeks, before adding in the responsibilities of parenting and everything that goes along with having a family!
It is very obvious that Allen has put in so much work while he has been away. I know that it has not been easy for him at all and that he has had to face a lot of things that he had no intention of facing, but he did it and is so much better because of it. I am constantly in awe of his strength and courage in facing the demons he is so haunted by. It is amazing to see how much trauma he has faced in his life, but yet he still finds the strength, determination, and courage to go back to those times and relive them in order to get better. I am so thankful that he wants to be better. That is probably the key to all of this. We are so blessed!
With all of this being said, he will by all means still have his struggles. I'm sure there will be set backs along our life, but he is willing to do what it takes to get better and he NEVER gives up! I know that the reintegration will not be easy for any of us, but it will be so good to have him home again. It will be so nice to be able to be together as a family again. Hopefully this will be the last big separation we all have, but if it isn't I'm confident that we will all be able to do what is necessary in order to keep us all safe and well.
I'm so proud of you Honey!!! You are a great role model for our boys and a true hero to us all. Thank you for your service to our great country, and for showing us what it means to be a hero!