Veronica - posted on 11/24/2015 ( 1 mom has responded )
Hi everyone, I'm 27 and a single mom to my 10 year old daughter. Although her dad is actively involved, I have been having a hard time trying to give my daughter the life I feel she deserves. I conceived at 16 and lived with my childs father for 5years, it was an abusive relationship and I had to get out. I ended up obtaining my GED and going back to school for Surgical Technology, I finally graduated with a 3.5 GPA but this was in 2014..ever since I have had other jobs outside of the medical field and unfortunately with my last employer things did not go well, needless to say I have been unemployed but started taking classes at a community college because I have never been the type of person to want to stay at home doing nothing. I like to be a go-getter. Unfortunately, I live with my parents but that doesn't mean things are easy for me. I have absolutely no support system and the reason as to why I have been able to accomplish my goals up to date is because my daughter is my number 1 priority. Back in 2013 I met with a Recruiter and I took the ASVAB but I didn't score enough. Now 2 years late I would like to pass the test, give it my 100% and fully enlist for active duty. I plan to get the family care plan and leave my daughter with her father, we share joint custody at the moment. I know this will be the toughest decision I will have to make In life but I have always felt that I need to do this for my daughters future and for mine. I just would like to hear from other moms who are in the military and "how do you handle it" "how are you able to cope with being away for so long" "what are the first steps I should take" and when I decide to finally go, "how do I explain it to my daughter so she can understand" I also would greatly appreciate some words of encouragement. Thank you to everyone for taking the time to read this and God Bless xo.