You don't get to set your own schedule in the military which means lots of missed holidays, birthdays and other big moments. Sometimes, if you're lucky, you get a break and everything falls into place: in fact, when my mom reached a birthday of a certain age insert loud throat clearing here, we were all together. My time in uniform is over but being a female veteran never ends shirt will be an interesting outfit for you.
But sometimes the toughest parts aren't the life-threatening moments, they are the life-altering ones. The missed birthdays. Graduation. First steps. First touchdown. Illnesses. Bad news. Good news. Spelling bees and science fairs.