My name is David Carrera and I am the 2020 AFI Navy Military Spouse of the Year.
I have been a Manpendent, or male military spouse for over 12 years now! This blog came out from my military spouse experiences. Now I know what you’re thinking, how many actual male military spouses are there? Good question! While we are as rare as seeing BigFoot riding a Unicorn in the forest, between the five branches of active duty service as of 2012, there are approximately over 100,000 of us men married to service members. Now if that number surprises you, how about this one: according to the Defense Department, women now make up 20 percent of the Air Force, 19 percent of the Navy, 15 percent of the Army and almost 9 percent of the Marine Corps. Women now make up approximately 10 percent of the current veteran population, the fastest-growing demographic.That fact should be celebrated.
As a visitor here, you are part of a fantastic community.
I have created this site manpendent.com where I can post stories celebrating not only our Manpendents but our amazing active duty spouses. I have launched a national Manpendent page on Facebook where male military spouse can meet up. There are folders we can add for; locations, PCS questions, and national employment resources. I try to preach a message of hope, community and embrace our wonderful male spouses to not only contribute but to play an active role in bringing new ideas to the table.
I don’t want you staring at the wall at home. I want you out with your kids, meeting up with other guys who share your interests, and making many friends, not just friends that you can count, but that you can count on. I want to be the silver lining to that dark cloud of despair. I want to be able to offer hope and show you the military spouse life is amazing! Most of all I don’t want to have to ever see a brother so low he’s willing to take his life because he feels so desolate and distraught. So my mission is to extend my hand to all male spouses, lift them up, celebrate their spouses and family and let them know, you my friend are an important part of this community, welcome aboard, and buckle up its going to be an awesome ride!
Thank you so much for being part of this community.
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