Military Families Brace for What’s Next In Syria

Air Force Family

It has been less than 24 hours since President Trump ordered an airstrike on a Syrian airbase, and military families are watching intently. According to news sources, almost 100 innocent Syrian civilians—including children and even babies—died from the effects of the recent chemical weapons attack and many others continue to suffer.

In his press conference, President Trump called on all civilized nations “to end the bloodshed in Syria and end terrorism of all kinds and of all types.”

The Syrian government reportedly has one of the largest stockpiles of chemical weapons, including the world’s most potent chemical warfare agent, VX. So, on April 6, the U.S. launched 50 Tomahawk missiles from Navy Destroyers in the Mediterranean, targeting Shayrat Airbase, where the chemical weapons are stored.

“I’m concerned about how this will play out going forward,” military spouse Adrianna Domingos-Lupher shared. She and other military families know this action could lead to more deployments and more boots-on-the-ground missions. They worry about the safety of U.S. troops supporting rebel fighters in Syria, especially after this latest chemical attack. 

Randi Cairns, whose four kids see their dad serve in the Army National Guard, says she’s worried for the children—theirs, and ours.

“Those [children] in places where bombs fall in the night. And those of the men and women sent to yet another place in the world to fight,” she wrote in a recent Facebook post. “I wish we'd remember that they're ALL our children.”

Military families, like all Americans, will debate on whether the U.S. airstrike was an impulsive action or an appropriate response.  But, because their loved ones could be called upon as part of a further response, military families feel more stress than their civilian neighbors. 

Lyndy Rohe, an Air Force spouse, worries about the unthinkable happening. 

“The worst feelings are the selfish thoughts you have,” she explained. “Where you just hope and pray it isn’t your service member who won’t return.”

As the families of the greatest military in the world know, this could be only the beginning. 

“The players and scenery may change, but the impact on military families is the same as they try to understand what might happen next.” said NMFA Executive Director Joyce Raezer. “We remain ready to support our families every step of the way and to communicate to our fellow citizens and our nation’s leaders about how they can stand by our troops and their families.”  

Posted April 7, 2017

Comments

From: Jeanine on: April 12, 2017
war is not the answer, teach peace.
From: Evelyn Santiago on: April 10, 2017
God will give us strength to pray for our husbands, fathers, sons, daughters, nephew, nieces if they are deployed.
From: Elaine on: April 10, 2017
Prayers being said for all of our heroes and their families. Thank you for your service, sacrifices, and may God Bless you always. 👍🙏🇺🇸
From: Crystal on: April 8, 2017
My name is Crystal Peaster. And I'm about to ship out to basic in a little bit. This war on terrorism is only getting worse. And it isn't going away. I am excited and honored to serve my great country and all who are in it. For that is my responsibility. I am prepared to go to war to save what it appear to me even though the price may be my own life.
From: Sally on: April 8, 2017
Praying for all of you and especially our men and women serving our country.
From: Edna on: April 8, 2017
My newly married great grandaughter, fresh out of A school , is waiting at the airport, to ship out, she, and all your precious ones in the military, and all the innocent civilians, in harms way, are in my prayers, please add our precious Sailor girl to yours.
From: Tina on: April 8, 2017
Maybe I'm missing something but I thought that if you join the military you're supposed to be aware that you could be called upon for these sorts of things. That's what the military does and if you go in and can't stand the thought of being shipped over to a war torn country then you probably shouldn't have joined!
From: Phyllis Pottinger on: April 8, 2017
God bless our military that serve and protect this great nation!
From: Lillian Tergesen on: April 8, 2017
I have 3 grandchildren in the military. 2 USNavy and 1 US Marine and yes I now have to worry about them, but I am so proud of them and know that seeing these poor children gassed cannot be tolerated!!! I just have faith in God that they will be protected🇺🇸🇺🇸
From: Elizabeth on: April 8, 2017
Sending prayers for our troops and for everyone...... GOD BLESS AMERICA AND OUR NATION
From: Vicky on: April 8, 2017
My prayers are with all the men and women fighting for us may god watch over you all keep you safe and bring you all home promptly thank you and your families for all you endure God Bless
From: Penny on: April 7, 2017
I am a wife of a Military solider and I am a mother in law of a military soldier, I am a sister of a Military soldier, my heart Goes out to all military families, just remember we are with all of you in thoughts and Prayers, we are a great country, and as a US citizen we back down for no one . Army saying: These colors dont Run. God Bless you All
From: Tracey Hall on: April 7, 2017
Did President Trump actually take in consideration of All the Chemical Warfair They/Syria has to use against Us/ The United States, Us/Civilians, Not him/the President Trump because; he Will be Secure.(?)
From: Margaret Henry on: April 7, 2017
I have 6 grandson service in in our military and know that 1 or all could be called but we have to be a strong nation I just pray we don't have to go any futher
From: Monique on: April 7, 2017
In the end trump has to answer to god and i hope he is not doing all this out of hate but he is doing murder. He doesnt have long to live and god judges everything we do he made feel untouchable but when judgment. Day come he has to answer to got his days are numbered .
From: Debbie DeLisle on: April 7, 2017
We on the west coast, and particularly in WA, and Oregon have concerns, too about the threat from N. Korea. We are in striking distance. T%he inflammatory rhetoric in the other Wa, makes us feel like we are in the cross hairs with all the military families in this state.
From: Denise on: April 7, 2017
God bless America! And all our military families. ✝❤
From: Andrea on: April 7, 2017
My friend and I just were having a conversation about this. In my opinion trump could've done a couple things differently however,overall it would've been the same out come. I support that he made the decision to try to get rid of the chemical weapons. But as a military spouse I am terrified to think about what is next for my family. Yes, we did sign up for this; my husband and I were married prior to him joining so we knew the different obstacles that maybe apart of this choice but even knowing that you never know the scared and anxious feeling until you are in that moment. Please send prayers to call military members and military families because I have a gut feeling that one air strike is not going be sufficient.
From: D on: April 7, 2017
Pray. Please pray.
From: Carolyn on: April 7, 2017
I pray for all our service members. Including my two airmen son's .
From: snjodklnekofw on: April 7, 2017
please make this stop war isn't the way to do this
From: Merafe on: April 7, 2017
Praying for the safety of all our Arm Forces. Men & women in Uniforms. May the Lord bless & keep them all safe, always..
From: Vince on: April 7, 2017
... as a Marine Officer, spouses of military members need to realize that joining the military is not a FREE ride! Seems like people expect all the benefits of being in the military and worry about having to do the one thing they are paid to do... Fight for the oppressed no matter the danger to self. If you are afraid of war... don't join the Armed Forces...
From: Dennis on: April 7, 2017
Godspeed to all our Military Women, Men and their families and friends!
From: Marian on: April 7, 2017
God bless our troops. ❤️
From: Jenifer on: April 7, 2017
Im new on this My husband is in the national guard and Im prying for all the military family.
From: Jessica on: April 7, 2017
I worry about all that is happening in the world and I wait for to hear my husband tell me he got the news that he will be leaving again to go overseas even though he says he dont see himself getting deployed again its still in the back of my mind that they will need him.
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