10 questions with Jenny LeJeune
What’s your name? Jenny LeJeune (pronouned Luh-Jern) same family Marine Corps Base Camp LeJeune was named for. John Archer LeJeune was my husband’s great great Uncle and 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps.
What branch does your spouse serve in? United States Marine Corps
How long has he or she served? He's been in for 12 years.
How many times has he or she deployed (if at all)? 4 deployments and many many field exercises, out of state and country trips and time apart.
How many times have you PCS’d? This upcoming move next month will be our 9th move and our 4th Military Related PCS.
How many children do you have? We have 3 kiddos, a cat and dog.
What are some of the things you’ve done to help your children cope with the challenges – moves, deployments, etc – of military life? Photographs. Photos have gotten us through a lot. Right before a deployment we usually plaster daddy all over the house so he's in each and every room.
Move – this is the first one where they're old enough to understand that we're saying goodbye to many and "see you later" to a few, we've been busy with sleepovers and fun in the sun, we're spending as much time as we can with our Military family and of course photographing those memories as well.
Finish this sentence. My kids will be better for being part of a military family because… they will have overcome obstacles the average American doesn't see until they move out of their childhood home and away from their parents. My kids have met amazing people, been exposed to different lifestyles, food, places, personalities and schools. I think all of these life experiences will give them a better taste of reality as an adult. I married my husband at 18 years old. I was one of the youngest wives at his then school TBS (The Basic School) I had never lived anywhere other than the home I grew up in. Meeting new places and new people each duty station is so much fun and I get to redecorate. I can't imagine staying grounded in a single place now that I've grown accustomed to this lifestyle.
Any advice for the children of military families? It will hurt at the time, you may feel like your life is over and you'll never see your friends again but at every duty station there are children going through and facing the same challenges as you. You may be just what they need. Its ok to cry. I'm 30 and I still cry.
Bonus Question: What’s your favorite camouflage pattern? Desert, not too happy about this new woodland all year round thing. Good thing we're moving to the Middle East where the dress is desert all year long!
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- Justin Baum