Even as the citizenry's opposition to the war mounted, tales began to spread of returning veterans being mistreated.The archetypical story became one of antiwar hippie protesters spitting upon returning veterans in an airport.You are incredibly excited and the first few days go well, but transitioning back to everyday life presents a unique set of challenges.
What about the safety of our military and their families?
One of the helicopter squadrons went so far as to post exact times the helicopters would be arriving at the hangar.
If you’re not in jail, it might mean that you did something bad but didn’t get caught. More than likely the homecoming date with change about 20 times and you’ll spend about 3 weeks driving yourself crazy trying to keep a spotless house. Major brownie points for keeping the kids out of the ER or Urgent Care. While you are slightly tainted over military homecomings, you make an effort to put a few comfort items in the pantry. Years down the road when your military marriage is stronger than ever, you will feel grateful for honesty and fidelity.
While you do keep a tidy house, you don’t go out of my way to make it spotless before homecoming. Military marriages are challenging, but keeping your eyes in the right direction is the most important step towards an ever-lasting military marriage.
In the movies and on TV they are romanticized well beyond the reality.
I always joke that there is a rise and fall of military homecoming.
Homecoming was later criticized by those who did not believe that Vietnam veterans had been spat upon.
One of the contentious issues of the Vietnam War and its aftermath was the American public's response to its returning military veterans.
It is important to share expectations well in advance by simply asking each member of the family what they want to do.