In honor of Military Spouse Appreciation Day, we asked military spouse, Christy McBride what it's like to be married to Marine Corps Major, LaBarron McBride. Here's what she had to say:

How did you and LaBarron, first meet?

We meet at Martin Methodist College in 1997.

How long have you been together?  

Married for 14 years. 

Describe one of your most vivid military moments together.  

The most vivid military moment was our first deployment together. Our daughter was three weeks old and daddy was off for his first 6 month deployment. It seemed like the longest six months of our lives. I was so thankful for our families, including our military family during that time. We wouldn't have survived without them.

What are the top 3 tips you'd give to new military spouses? 

  1. Continue to pursue your own dreams, goals and aspirations. You deserve to live your best life! 
  2. Find your tribe of spouses. No one understands the challenges of military life like another fellow military spouse. They will be there to pick you up when you fall and cheer you on during your biggest accomplishments. I am blessed to have my TRIBE! 
  3. Know your resources and benefits. There are many programs and resources available for military spouses. It's ok to ask and accept help from the community.

What do you love most about being a military spouse?

What I love most about being a military spouse is our military community. There is a shared understanding of the trials and tribulation associated with our spouse's training, deployments, and permanent change of stations. We lean on each other often and friends quickly become family.  

What do you train for? 

Being a former collegiate athlete, physical fitness has always been a part of my life. The benefits, both physical and mental, help manage the stressors associated with being a military spouse. At this stage in my life, I train for my family. 

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