We are military teen girls. Our community is filled with war, unity, uncertainty, and pride. Just as the nation felt the drastic affects of September 11, 2001, the fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters rose up in arms to protect the nation. But what happened to those left behind? Did the media put a spot light on the internal and external harms of war on military teenage girls? The military community feels the shocks every time a bomb drops, the earth quakes, the tornado rises, and the waves crash upon cities. Therefore, military girls feel the side affects of war, terrorism, and natural disasters because we are left at home; forced to go through the challenges of high school and growing up without a mother, father, brother, or sister. Wow, sounds like a major problem doesn’t it? A problem so severe would surely be addressed by the media and the overall public wouldn’t it? The affects of deployment on teenage girls are real; failing classes, depression, lack of confidence, moodiness, eating disorders, and cutting are real dangers. No, our problems are ignored; written off as normal teen angst. However, there is nothing normal about going through the motions of everyday life while your father is God knows where being shot at by terrorists. There is nothing normal about worrying if your dad will even recognize you after he returns home for a long deployment. There is nothing normal about falling asleep without knowing if your loved one is okay; or better yet, even alive. There is nothing normal about father missing his own daughter’s birthday because he is off protecting freedom. However, all of the afore mentioning harms of deployment are becoming common place within the lives of the thousands of military girls across California.
We are in your classrooms, neighborhoods, and shopping malls. We may look like you; going to school, participating in sports, hanging out at movies, but we mask many emotional hurts unseen by society as a whole.