Military Spouses Use Theater to Share Their Story of Life in the Military
The Scuttlebutt | Season 8 Episode 1
When servicemen and women join the military, it creates a ripple effect. One that includes everyone in their family and it can be argued that that ripple effect is felt most acutely by their spouse and children.
Joining The Scuttlebutt this week to share their stories are Amy Uptgraft and Lea Johnson. In July 2015, as Amy learned to cope with her husband’s deployments, loneliness at home, and distance from loved ones she established connections with other military spouses who shared similar experiences.
This led Amy to write the play I WILL WAIT after interviewing countless spouses about the challenges of life in the military. The play impacted the military and civilian community and began a conversation about military spouses’ lives, their individual stories and journeys, and the support that was needed. In 2017, Amy connected with two other military spouses in Alaska; Lea Johnson and Wendy Caldwell. Together, they took Amy’s inspiration and desire to serve military spouses to the next level. A year later, in March 2018, Veteran’s Spouse Project was formed. Now, Veteran’s Spouse Project is dedicated to sharing the stories of generations of military spouses, uniting the military and civilian communities in friendship and understanding, and creating a beautiful space rooted in the values we hold dear.
Join The Scuttlebutt this week to hear about Amy and Lea’s passion for storytelling, the sacrifices they’ve had to make and their personal stories of triumph and strength. Veterans Spouse Project – https://veteransspouseproject.org/