A SOLDIER IN THE MIDDLE EAST

I’m currently deployed overseas to the Middle East. Like any deployment I’m used to dealing with the operational stress that comes with it. But when this pandemic started hit, We were already feeling the effects of it, I’m not talking about the medical symptoms – problems breathing, fever, or coughing, I’m talking about the travel bans, businesses closing, and social distancing. It has really brought an uneasy feeling to me and the others around me. The biggest concern is that I may not be able to come back home when I’m schedule to come back. I have military personnel that are supposed to transfer to new locations and can’t and are getting extended at their current location. Some have already sent their family to the new location ahead of them and due to the travel ban some of them haven’t seen their families in over a year some even longer. 

Most of use blow off steam by going to the gym, movies, or going to restaurant/bar and hanging out with friends. Unfortunately they have closed them down until further notice. I have a good friend of mine that is stationed in Italy and he has been in lockdown or I think little over a month now. I’ve spent the past couple of weeks now just staring at the same 4 walls now, starting to get a lil bit stir crazy. I’ve probably binged watched over 100 hours of different shows and movies. Everyone starting to feel uneasy and it starting to show. But during these hard time we all need to come together and help each other time to go over this difficult time.

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