Undoubtedly, one of the toughest jobs in the world is serving in the Armed Forces. Our uniformed services are full of brave hearts who commit their whole lives to serving the nation. However, as much as these personnel deserve our respect, the heroes that we often forget who are equally as brave, are the wives of these personnel. They see their husbands leave for any tough operation or war with no guarantee of return, yet they stand by them in the toughest of times and become their emotional support system.
Recently, the country lost 13 of its courageous Indian Air Force officers that went down in Arunachal Pradesh with zero survivors. While the country mourns the loss of its soldiers, it is the family that is left to face the consequences.
However, as aforementioned, Armed Forces families are as tough as the personnel themselves, the wives just like their husbands are brave, strong and fight a war of a different kind. They know the stakes and thus prepare themselves accordingly. One example of this is Garima Abrol, wife of Samir Abrol who was martyred in Mirage 2000 fighter plane crash this year in February.
In a report by India Times, Author Swapnil Pandey recently put out a post about Garima- who has decided to honour her husband's martyrdom in an unforgettable way - she is set to step into his shoes and join the Indian Air Force.
“There is a special metal Armed Forces wives are made off. While it takes years to make a soldier and create a whole legion of warriors for the nation. It takes extremely special women to be in relationship with these men bound by the uniform first.
There is a special metal Armed Forces wives are made off. While it takes years to make a soldier and create a whole legion of warriors for the nation. It takes extremely special women to be in relationship with these men bound by the uniform first.
This woman of exceptional substance and remarkable icon of courage has been recommended to join AFA from AFSB Varanasi. She will be joining it in January 2020.
Read Also : Women set to fly fighters says Indian Air Force
I asked her why Air force after everything? She said" I really want to see what life looks like in his shoes. Legacy has to move on. Wearing the same uniform also gives me a motive to sustain.”
I was at loss of words. Many of us lose zeal to live if we lose an opportunity and here is this woman, the wife of a fighter pilot who did not chose to perish rather worked hard, wiped her tears and moved on to fill the shoes her husband has left behind.
I truly wish people find inspirations in such women more than the fake celebrities roaming around and teach their kids especially young girls about such women who are exemplary examples of rising above the odds and yet, choosing the right path with their heads held high.
Her story has garnered much respect and attention and this post has received over 2,000 shares on Facebook already.
It takes a great deal of courage to not only accept such a devastating loss, but to actually honour it. Garima is taking her husband's proud legacy forward, while serving her nation in a capacity similar to her husband. We salute her for her grit and valour, and hope she flies high, literally and figuratively, wrote India Times.
Read Also : MP Tea Seller’s Daughter Joins Indian Air Force
Snigdha Gupta is an intern with SheThePeople.Tv