Jessica Reiche

Honoree

I met my husband in 2014 when we were out with a group bringing food to the homeless (we both lived in Florida at the time). We moved to North Carolina to be closer to my family, and that is where my husband joined the Navy. We were married in Washington, D.C., in 2018, and are now in Virginia Beach. We have two angel babies and two sons.

Balancing family/work/military life isn’t easy and we haven't gone through a deployment yet, but we have had many long underways. I have learned to make a schedule for my youngest son and myself. I have learned to ask for help from other friends/military spouses.

The best part of being a military spouse is getting the chance to meet people and take opportunities that I would have never had a chance to do without the military life. One of my best experiences was being able to donate breast milk to an amazing little girl (more than 1,000 ounces) and make an amazing friend of her mom in the process. I didn’t know it at the time, but I helped saved Gracie’s life. She will forever hold a special place in my heart.

One thing facing military families today that I’d like to see improved is the issue of housing. Military families are paying more than civilians to live in the same homes. It takes a very long time to have things fixed, if they ever get fixed. It’s very frustrating for the spouse at home.

For other military spouses my advice is simple: You can do it! Never doubt yourself.

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