I have shared with you most of life. I have shared the good and bad days. What I haven’t shared behind my smile or tears is my son. Being a teenage boy living this Army life is not as easy as we think. We may see the smiles, but we forget to see the inside.
Last month we lost a family member. Our cousin, friend, brother, husband and father. This past weekend we got together after 10 + years to celebrate his life. No matter what, our family shows up and we need to try and focus on that.
Erika "Hope" Bradley is a military spouse of 11 years, advocate, volunteer and nonprofit founder. Currently studying digital marketing and social work with a background in healthcare and property management. Dependastrong was created to raise awareness of the mental health challenges dependents face and combat them with community. We aim to encourage spouses to take an active role in their well being thru physical activity, creating community and encouraging advocacy regarding the issues that effect our community's quality of life. Our largest initiative is Semper Fortis military child recruitment. This program aims to help military-connected student athletes obtain exposure for collegiate scholarships.