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Marine to SAHD: Introduction
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Introduction to Marine to SAHD Blog, laying out where I have been what experiences I have.
My name is Andrew “Fergie” Ferguson; I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2007 and did four years of active duty in Hawaii. In those four years I deployed twice, once to Iraq and Afghanistan. I was injured during those four years on multiple occasions and still am injured and receiving help from the Veterans Affairs.
Before my second deployment I met my wife, Ashland Ferguson, who supported me during and after I got back from Afghanistan. We now have been married for three years and going strong. In 2011 it was time for me to make a decision stay in or get out of the military. Ashland and I made a decision for me to get out and go to school full time, utilizing my Post 9/11 GI Bill. Within the time I got out in 2011, still in Hawaii, I got a job working at a local restaurant while going to school full time. I eventually quit the job due to us PCSing to Fort Lewis, Washington where we currently are stationed. Not too long after we got to Fort Lewis I hit the ground trying to find a job, and did so. I was working as a security guard and still going to school online with the same school back in Hawaii.
Soon after I got the job we found out we were pregnant, yes it was a shock but we were ready to become parents and ecstatic. We went in for a normal appointment and got a surprise like no other, the doctor said, “Well baby one and baby two are fine.” My wife and I looked at each other with confusion and had to ask the doctor multiple times, “Are you sure?” We eventually overcame our shock and started planning for two! Well in December our two little girls were born and since my wife is the active duty member she had the first two months with the girls. I was still working as a security guard until February 2013 when I quit becoming a Stay-At-Home-Dad. It was a tough decision because all my life I have worked, worked, worked and I had a hard time thinking that I was going to be bored out of my mind, and stuck with house work.
Well that is why I am doing this blog because I could not have been more wrong in my life! I want to share my progression and tips I can give back to new dads like myself, mostly with multiples. This blog is for Stay-At-Home-Dads, Active duty parents becoming Stay-At-Home-Parents, and Everyone in between.
Key facts about me, (for those who do not like to read)
- Marine Veteran-Four Years with Two Deployments (Iraq and Afghanistan Personal)
- Disabled Veteran-receives education benefits and disability pay from the Veterans Affair(VA)
- VFW Member of Post 11402 in Lacey, Washington
- One PCS move, No Deployments as a Spouse of an Active Duty Member
- MACHOspouse Member
- MANning the homefront Facebook member
- Stay-At-Home-Dad (as of February and to multiples)
Marine to SAHD Andrew “Fergie” Ferguson
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Don't forget the National Guard and Reserves when it comes to thanking a military family for their service!
November is Military Families Appreciation Month, and the 2014 Armed Forces Insurance Branch Spouses of the Year (Branch SOYs) want to help everyone, everywhere participate in thanking and honoring military families.
Americans love our military, but many people don't quite know how best to express their gratitude. As National Guard Spouse of the Year Dr. Ingrid Herrera-Yee notes, “saying "thanks" to our military families is something that many want to do, but are at a loss as to how to do it –or in the case of Guard and Reserve, how to find us!”
So the Branch SOYs created #30Ways of Thanks to help. Each day in November, the Branch SOYs will release a video with an action item that people around the country can participate in virtually or locally, individually or in groups. Participants can hash tag #30Ways so that their messages, photos, or videos are spread far and wide. Hash tags #GratefulNation and #MilFamsRock can also be added as a short-hand way to say “You are amazing, military families!” Best of all, the entire #30Ways video collection will be stored on the Branch SOYs' YouTube channel so that it can be repeated in Novembers to come, or whenever someone is looking for a way to say “thank you” to military families.