Karleen - posted on 11/02/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )
I'm new to the group...So hello to everyone!
My husband was an OTR truck driver for many years. Before that he worked over the road laying gas pipeline...so he's been gone from day 1.
I remember the days he was OTR, only home on weekends & sometimes it was every other weekend. Get home Friday night leave Sunday so he could have the load there by 6am Monday morning. If he had to go to CA, then he left after he washed his clothes. We live in Illinois.
We have 3 girls: Olivia 9, Kallie 7, & Amelia 5. The two older ones remember when daddy was a truck driver, but Amelia doesn't. When Amelia was 4 months old my husband went to work for Haliburton/KBR which took him to Baghdad, Iraq. He drove runs base to base delivering ice to our soldiers & anything else they needed. He was there for 3 years. The last year was a change, he got a job in the office and was over about 40 truck drivers. May of 2008 he took a job with a different company and moved to Afghanistan. There he was incharge of destroying military equipment. DRMO is what they call it. 1 1/2 years later he's still there. He'll be home for R&R tomorrow....for 14 whole days. He has been home other times....he's home 2 times a year. One of those visits is for 14 days the other for 28. They are allowd to come home 2weeks every 4 months with 28 days home the day you started. As of Nov 1st he will be promoted to site manager and have to move back to Iraq.
He can come home anytime he wants to, but finding a job where he can be home during the week is hard. To us it makes no sense to come home and take an OTR truck driving job where he'll be gone all week and maybe home every other weekend for as little as 48 hours.
Sometimes you wonder if this is the right thing or not...