For most people, answering the question “Where are you from?” is a no-brainer. For me, it’s not so easy. That’s because my dad is a lieutenant colonel and a chaplain in the United States Army. Having a parent in the military means my family moves at least every two years. Right now, I live in Northern Virginia, but I was born in Washington State. We’ve also lived in Virginia once before, Arizona, Missouri, Montana, South Carolina, and Texas (twice). As a result, I feel like I’m from everywhere.
My situation might sound unusual. But in fact, there are more than 1.6 million children of active service members in the U.S. For us, relocating is a fact of life.
If you’ve lived in the same town your whole life, it could seem cool to get a location refresh every few years, but it’s not always fun or easy. It can be hard to make friends and sad to leave them. Things get broken and lost during moves. Your parents might be deployed, which could mean they get sent far away to fight in a war. If this happens, they might miss birthdays, big games, and other important events.