This is Part 2 of a 3-part feature story about veteran and Army spouse Christina Jackson-Davis. Read Part 1 of Christina’s story here.
A Phone Call From Downrange
In August, Christina received a phone call from a field hospital in Iraq: Her husband had been involved in an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) attack…
My heart dropped.
To this day I still remember what I was wearing and what I was doing when I got that call. I began clutching my chest and I could feel the tears welling up in my eyes, and I remember gasping for air. I remember everything getting blurry and incoherent – shaking my head back and forth – like that was going to erase everything I just heard. It didn’t and I remember telling myself to get up off the floor and get it together for these kids. I wiped my face and I called his mother and my mother and the pastor soliciting prayers and going into prayer myself thanking God for sparing his life.
Christina’s husband had to have surgery to remove shrapnel from his legs, and to repair one of his legs which was badly damaged. Burn scars remain (to this day) on his back and neck, and the vehicle he was in was completely destroyed. Although the driver of the vehicle lost an eye, the other two soldiers escaped without injury.
It wasn’t an easy time for Christina — or for her husband, who decided that if he was “going to die over there, he was going to die happy.” Christina had no idea that he was hurting emotionally as well as recovering physically.
A Happy Homecoming
I had been very active with the FRG (Family Readiness Group) throughout the
deployment, and was there with our signs, gifts and food playing the waiting game. But when those buses pulled up to headquarters with our soldiers (all but five made it home), I was ecstatic!
I ran out of that room and jumped on my husband – all fifty extra pounds of him!! LOL!
This is when I learned about the eating and once we had a chance to catch up, learned about the feelings he had been dealing with. I was grateful he was home, grateful he could still walk, and grateful he trusted me with those feelings. I felt very blessed.”
Graduation & A New Job
Through her husband’s year-long deployment, Christina was in college full-time, she completed an internship, and she volunteered at her children’s school, in their church, and with their FRG. Talk about military spouse strength; Christina was determined to succeed.
She earned her Associates in Arts and Science Degree in General Studies, found out she was pregnant with baby #4, and was hired as a secretary with the Washington State Patrol!
When she was 38 weeks pregnant, Christina was rushed into an emergency Caesarian section. While she slowly recovered, her husband prepared to deploy…Again. When their fourth and last baby was just 30 days old, Daddy deployed to Iraq for the second time…