A civilian’s life and a person serving the army are very different. Serving veterans face many challenges transitioning to normal, healthy lives. The biggest problem is relating to people who don’t know or understand what military personnel has undergone.
Common challenges during readjustment:
- Reconnecting with family and establish a role: Families may have generated new routines during the household and absences, and the veteran might have to adapt to changes.
- Preparing to enter the workforce: A Veteran interviewed for a job, or applied for, may have never looked for if he or she had a career in the military. There are new abilities to grasp, and he or she will have to learn.
In applying for employment, a Veteran will need to determine how to translate his or her military skills and duties into terms and create a resume.
A Veteran may have never created a resume. Instead of a resume, a Field Service Record is used by the army to detail qualifications, training, and expertise.
- Adjusting to supplying essentials (e.g., food, clothing, housing): Given the lack of options while in the army, the array of options in the world can be overwhelming. Employees do not leave before the mission is complete. In a private sector company, an employee may be expected to stop and go home at 5 pm, if the mission is complete or not. They might not be apparent to all Veterans.
There are many other similar problems a transitioning veteran had to face, but above, that is long lost love and unforgettable relations. People are lucky who can meet their loved ones, and one such veteran got a chance to do so. Read on to unfurl his story and meeting the loved one.
K.T. Robbins, aged 97 from Mississippi, was visiting Normandy for the 75th-anniversary celebrations for D-Day, and he had only one desire to reunite with the girl he’d left in France, but never forgotten.
In 1944, Robbins met Jeannine Ganaye in Briey. Briey is a town in northeastern France today known as Val De Briey. Robbins worked as a baker for the soldiers. Jeannine Ganaye was 18 at that moment, and she had been Robbins first love.
In communication with the France 2 T.V. Robbins exclaims that she is just a sweet girl, he still wonders and says that he thinks she loved him.
When Robbins left to fight in the war, he stated he had hoped to return to her, but alas, that didn’t happen. He eventually returned to the U.S. and had a wedding. By that time, Jeannine Ganaye had also married. Both of them lived their lives.
Robbins had widowed and feared if Ganaye was living, but then he learned a 92-year-old, also widowed, lived in a retirement home in France. After reaching out to her, they finally met on June 8 for the first time in 75 years.
Robbins exclaimed to her in English that he always loved her repeating the same thing twice. He told her that she never got out of her heart. He then showed Jeannine a photo of hers that he had kept to himself all these years.
To which she responded in French, she stated that she thought of him always. She then remembered and exclaimed in French that when robbins had left in the truck, she cried and was quite sad she hoped he would come back after the war.
As Robbins, the serving veteran ready to depart the nursing home, he and Ganaye exchanged several kisses and embraced before he began to cry. “Bon voyage,” she told him. “I love you,” he responded.