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SEP 2018

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W H A T W E L O V E A la s k a wa s n eve r o n m y b u c ke t li s t . As soon as my husband received his orders to Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson (JBER) in May 2016, people started commenting on how lucky I was to be moving to Alaska. I could only imagine grizzly bears, frozen nose hairs, and inevitable death in the wild unknown. I mourned the move to the Last Frontier for many reasons. I'm an urban dweller and our 49th state wasn't known as a thriving metropo lis. "You are truly home only when you find your tribe." – Srividya Srinivasan Finding My Tribe in the Last Frontier By Amy Uptgraft, Army Spouse My mom lives 3,737 miles from Anchorage. I'm cold when the weather dips below 70 degrees. But the real reason that I was upset about the move up north was that it felt like the end for my heart's desire, a play that I had written called "I Will Wait." During my husband's fourth deployment in 2012, I struggled. I felt alone and resentful. I talked with a therapist and she suggested a journal. I decided to write a play instead. Photos by the Veteran's Spouse Project 10 MILITARYSPOUSE.COM / SEPTEMBER 2018

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