Secret Deployment Buddy Sign-Up

A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.
~Douglas Pagels

So deployments suck. We all know this. Whether they are four months our 14 months, they suck. And sometimes, we need a friend. Someone who understands what we are going through.

So, I’d like to create a Secret Deployment Buddy exchange. Similar to a Secret Santa, this is a Secret Deployment Buddy.  While your spouse is deployed, you’ll be assigned to someone whose spouse is also deployed. You will send e-mails, notes, etc to brighten his/her day and maybe an occasional pick-me-up to their house.

When your spouse comes back, I’ll assign your buddy to someone else… that is, unless you want to continue to be assigned to your buddy until his/her spouse comes back.

You’ll keep your identity secret (you can alway sign up for a Gmail account with something like “secret buddy @ gmail . com” or whatever) until the match ends.

Here are the rules:

  1. You’ll need to contact your buddy at least once a week via e-mail or postal mail.
  2. At least once a month, send your buddy something to brighten his/her day. You shouldn’t spend more than $20/month.
  3. Keep it secret, that’s what makes it fun.

So, if you want to sign up, just let me know in my comments and send me an e-mail [wife of a sailor (at) gmail (dot) com] with your e-mail, address (you don’t have to give it to me if you don’t want, but your Secret Buddy will need to know it to send you stuff), and a little bit about yourself. Your likes, dislikes, favorites, special holidays/days that will happen while your spouse is deployed.

Have fun!!!

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3 thoughts on “Secret Deployment Buddy Sign-Up

  1. I will definitely when we get out to sea duty! My husband will be in training soon for 6 months but it isn’t a deployment! I’ll have to remember this is like 8 months!

  2. I LOVE this idea! P just got back from a deployment, so not ideal timing for me to participate, but I really think this idea is fantastic. Next deployment (*sigh* back a week and I already refer to the next one) I’m in! 🙂

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