When you were engaged to the man who would become your husband, you understood that committing to him meant committing to the military. As an enlisted servicemember, your husband dedicated his life to protecting the country's interests. As a military spouse, you dedicated your life to keeping your family on an even keel when he was deployed. Tending to the needs of your children, minding the finances and providing a warm welcome upon his return, you never clocked out of your job. A good deal of your husband's success relied upon your fulfilling the role of the family rock and your ability to perform the tasks of both parents in his absence.