Skip to main content

Today is travel day - 7 hours on a train from Washington DC to Providence, Rhode Island. I am giddy like a little kid! I'm used to traveling, but it is normally by car or by airplane. I am used to traveling long distances, usually in between military assignments, but I have never in my life been so far north on the East Coast. This is new territory for me in so many ways - a new region, a new state, a new method of travel, and, hopefully, a whole batch of new friends!

I am going to Netroots for a multitude of reasons but the most important, the overarching reason is the same one that brought me to DailyKos in the first place. I want civilians to meet a military wife; I consider myself some kind of ambassador. I would really like you to meet my husband as well, but, let's face it, a political conference of any kind is the wrong place for a man in uniform. And he would never be comfortable pushing those limits - I, on the other hand, learned a long time ago that talking about the issues is one way to take control of my uncontrollable life. Acting on the issues is a step better!

And I don't necessarily want people to meet ME. I want people to meet a military community member who is real - not some fake, patriotic image that we see plastered across a television screen in a commercial. Sure, I can be the wife clinging to her husband as he is getting ready to leave for deployment; I can be the wife waiting at the airport with the welcome home sign; I can be the wife who cries both coming and going. Ironically, those images are a part of me. But military wives, military husbands, military families are so much more and I don't know if civilians realize that. We're diverse - we're every race and color, every religion and non-religion, every political persuasion. We are each and every one of us original. I wish I could bring more of us to Netroots - organized and ready to hold panels and take part in national conversations about health care and education. Military families have a lot to offer. But until I convince more military families that traveling to Netroots Nation is worthwhile, you will have to be content with me!

Look out NN12, here I come!

Look for me on Twitter at progress4usa! And make sure to check out my liveblog (crossing fingers I can make this happen) of NFTT's panel on Military Sexual Trauma, Friday at 3pm.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site