Military Special Needs Network

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May 4, 2012: Honoring Jennifer Fields – Military Spouse of the Day!

Jennifer Fields lives near Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida. Her husband is stationed at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, and they have been married for eight years.

Jennifer’s favorite parts of being a military spouse are the experiences that she encounters. She has lived all over the United States and has close friends from around the world. Jennifer says, “Each place has its own history and culture that we get to immerse ourselves in for a few years before moving on and learning an entirely different place.”

If Jennifer could go back and give herself advice before becoming a military spouse, it would be to accept each new duty station as an adventure. Jennifer’s first PCS move was her very first time away from her hometown and she felt miserable. All she thought about was going back home. Once she realized that home was ‘where-the-Military-sends-you’, Jennifer was able to embrace the new duty station without resentment and flourish at her new home.

Jennifer’s daughter is a second grader and is attending her third public elementary school. She has severe migraines and anxieties and has had a difficult time with finding services. Jennifer advocates for her daughter by meeting regularly with her daughter’s team: the teachers, counselors, nursing staff, and principal to make sure that the needed services, resources, and therapies are not only available in the school, but utilized as well. Jennifer’s family also participates in numerous walks, such as the ‘Fight For Air Walk’ in honor of their son, who has asthma, and other walks that support the lives of their friends.

The Military Special Needs Network honors and salutes Jennifer Fields as the Military Spouse of the Day! We thank you for being such a wonderful military spouse and an amazing advocate for special needs!

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