Special Forces Charitable Trust grants multiple scholarships to Special Forces Spouses every year. We received this essay from an SF Wife from the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) that outlines the reason why we find these scholarships so important and meaningful.
“This last year, our team family experienced a tragedy. A dear friend and fellow spouse lost her husband. Immediately following the news, our team wives did an incredible job in providing for the family. Fast-forward a few months, and the newly appointed Gold Star Wife is struggling to plan her future. She has mentioned that she wants to go back to school and obtain a degree. In doing so, she’ll be able to get a higher paying job when the need arises.
I make mention of this to bring attention to the following:
We, as military wives, are often putting our lives on hold. We carry the role of single parent more often than not, and it’s a struggle to manage the day-to-day chaos. However, I feel it’s important to provide a good example for our children, as well as ease the financial burden on our husband’s that work so tirelessly. I’m always encouraging spouses to further their education, which will, in turn, allow for better opportunities and higher paying jobs. For those that choose to work, a college education is a worthwhile investment. For those that would rather not work, a degree provides a sense of financial peace in the event they’re needed to return to work.
A few years ago, my husband taught me the importance of forward progression, and it’s something I will always carry with me. Daily, we need to make an effort to better ourselves in one way or another. No better way than continuing our education.” – 3rd SFG(A) Wife