Caroline is a License Deal Specialist for Oracle Latin America at the Shared Service Center (SSC) in San Antonio, Texas. While pursuing her MBA, she met and married her husband, an Army Special Forces Green Beret, one month before his second deployment to Iraq. In 2013, the couple decided it was time to leave active duty. Pregnant with her first child, Caroline began working as a private tutor so she could have more time at home with her daughter. In 2017, Caroline joined Oracle; her experience, living in military communities as a military spouse, and being both a stay-at-home and working mom inspired her to be active in Oracle’s Military and Veteran Employee Network (MAVEN) Employee Resource Group (ERG).
“It’s not like the Hollywood romanticized movies,” Caroline says. “We are real. The struggle is real. We don’t go on deployments but we stay behind and take care of everything. Many things happen when our soldiers are abroad; essential appliances break, trees fall down during a severe thunderstorm, tornado warnings blare, we come home from a long day of work to find that puppies haven’t felt so good during the day in a carpeted area and have to clean up, kids misbehave…”
Military spouses also have to deal with other military family members who have their own hard days. Caroline explains: “We have to be the strength to help our kids deal with their longing, their fears, their confusion, and their lack of understanding. For that, military spouses need support; we need empathy, a helping hand, a hug, and warm words of encouragement. We need to know who to call in times of need, especially those of us who don’t have any family living close by. One may never know how impactful a comment like ‘I am so proud of you—you’ve got this!’ means to a military spouse. That may just be what she or he needs in order to go on another day, one day at a time until it’s over and our soldiers are back home safe.”
Caroline concludes, “I want to thank every service member for his or her service. I want to thank every family member, every friend, and especially every military spouse. Thank you and keep it up—you’ve got this!”
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