For many Fort Hood families, deployments have become a way of life.
That’s the case for Sarah MacLeod.
The 32-year-old Army wife and mother runs her own business, and found out last week that she is pregnant with twins.
She and husband Ian MacLeod, a staff sergeant with Fort Hood’s 3rd Cavalry Regiment, also have a 3-year-old son, Declen.
The MacLeods began their romantic relationship with a deployment, when the longtime friends connected while Ian was home on a two-week R&R, midway through a 15-month deployment to Afghanistan from 2006 to 2008.
The couple married in 2008, and there have been two deployments since. Another deployment is scheduled for this year.
“I’m going to have twins and a 3-year-old. That’s on me. Plus my business,” Sarah MacLeod told the Killeen Daily Herald last week. “It’s scary. It’s scary, the situation we’re in.”
MacLeod’s story and that of other military families were part of an in-depth feature on the challenges for military couples that come up during and after deployments.
The report ran in the Sunday edition of the Killeen Daily Herald.
In our reporting, we found that repeated deployments can have lasting effects on married couples and children.
However, the full extent of those effects are still being explored by researches, psychologists and the military families themselves.
It’s an issue that the Fort Hood Herald and Killeen Daily Herald will continue to look at this year, and we appreciate any help and insight that military families can offer us.
We feel it’s an important issue, and goes hand in hand with telling the Army story, which can often be one of sacrifice and challenge.
We are currently looking for more Army families who are willing to share their stories — good, bad and ugly — on deployments.
If you know of a family willing to share their story, please send me an email or give me a call.
The more we understand about deployments and the hardships they cause, the better the military can develop programs that will eventually help Army families in the future.
Sure, plenty of programs are available now, but there’s always room for improvement.