U.S. Army First Class Sgt. Has Advice for Military Families
Michelle Shaw of Prosser has been a member of the U.S. Miltary for 38 years, she's currently a First Class Sgt. and is an active service member.
Shaw returned last month from a 13 month deployment in Afghanistan and said adjusting back into her normal life has had it's ups and downs.
Shaw said jumping back into her day to day life, inluding her job as a school bus driver has been pretty easy and rewarding.
She said seeing school kids every day who are happy she's back brings her joy.
Family life with her husband, two kids and grandchild has also been an adjustment, but a positive one.
However, Shaw knows that is not the case for every soldier, she said family support means everything to a soldier oversea and had some advice for miltary spouses out there to ease their soldiers transition back into normal life.
"Be very supportive and that's what we need to see is the spouses support, we've seen soldiers come home from a long tour to be devastated that their significant other didn't want to deal with it anymore and surprised them with a divorce and that's where we see a lot of soldiers committing suicide," said Shaw.
Shaw said she expects to deployed back to Afghanistan next month.