Military Spouses Meet For Support, Fundraising For 39th Trip


They're modern-day war wives, trying to take each day as it comes, without their husbands.

What's the hardest part?

"Adjusting to bring a single mother," said Natalie Stone, who's husband is with the 39th. "I have another little girl and I can say it's really just the adjustment."

Sarah Burdin's husband is Staff Seargant Terry Burdin. It's his second deployment overseas.

"I sent him a video of his daughter's cheerleading and he was upset that he couldn't be there," said Burdin. "It's hard for me not to just break down on the phone just hearing his voice."

It's breaking down that Burdin says should be reserved for anyone but her husband while he's away because she says she doesn't want to distract him from his mission. She admits, however, that's not always so easy.

"The first person I call is him if I'm having a bad day," she said.

Dana Ward is Sarah's friend, whom she relies on to express a range of fears and everyday frustrations that come with having a loved one overseas.

"A military spouse is the only person that can understand what another military spouse is going through," said Ward. "A different friend can say 'I understand' but they truly don't. It's a different feeling when you have to send your spouse off to war."

The group will be collecting "Pennies for Soldiers" in order to raise funds for their planned trip to Camp Shelby in Mississippi next month, before the 39th heads out to Iraq.