Marching Along

By Ben Stachowicz

Graphics by Isabelle Manalo

Its your last day of school, your house is a maze of boxes, and your dad is deployed in a war zone. It’s the middle of January and you have to go to a new state and a new school. For a large population of our school Such as Najaa Doughty this is a reality. In this article we will explore the life of our peers, and friends.

Najaa Doughty is a senior whose father is in the Army. Her father joined when she was eight years old, and he was deployed twice, one to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. Doughty commented on the stress that deployments can have on a family “Being without my dad it kinda caused family problems”. Missing a family member an take a toll on the family structure. It also makes it worse when a person is worried or concerned about a loved one who is overseas in a combat zone. Doughty also commented on her personal struggles as a military child “I think the hardest part is moving, it’s hard because you have to start all over from scratch”. Doughty has had to move to four different places, Washington, Georgia, Texas, and Germany. It can be very difficult to have to readjust to the new places, and even more difficult to make new friends.

Aiyana Leetch is a junior whose father is retired army and brother is active duty army. Leetch says “I didn’t really understand it that much it was really hard but, it just seemed like a new start all the time”. Leetch has moved more than seven times to places like North Carolina, California, and Germany. While moving can be difficult some people enjoy it and view it as a fresh start. She also said “I think {being a military brat} it’s actually convinced me to join the army”. For many military kids the lifestyle has caused them to want to join the military. Many people our age feel a sense of duty to serve their country.

Being made to move every 3 years can be difficult for many people so go and say hi to the new student in class or invite them for lunch.  

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