These are my boys. My husband, AO1 Raymond Perry, is proudly serving in the US Navy and has been aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (and the USS Essex) based in Sasebo, Japan for 19 months. He will have served 25 months before his current orders are up.
He just went through his window to pick orders for his next duty station. We are praying fervently that he can come back home to us in Jacksonville, Florida. He was allowed to pick in a three-month window. His first set, nothing open here… did not get his pick. His second set, nothing open here… did not get his pick. His third and final set, one slot open here… did not get his picks. We are now going through uncharted territory. We’ve never not gotten any orders thereby being placed on the “needs of the Navy” list. The way my husband explained this is that the Navy can put him wherever or leave him in Japan.
We are a two-income family. We are proud members of Shindler Drive Baptist Church and serve our church in every way we can. I’ve been at my job for nine years. It would put a hardship on my small business employer if I were to leave. Given this economy, I wonder if or how quickly I would find other employment if we were forced to move.
I am an avid news watcher and follow politics closely. I see the military making budget cuts. I wonder how much financial sense it makes to pay for a family to move, when they could save the government money by staying in their community? I understand that it wouldn’t cost anything to leave him in Japan. However, he is getting slightly more pay just for being away from his family. The government could save money just by sending him home on a plane. Heck, I’ll even buy the ticket!
The military has a high divorce rate. Mind you, we will not be one of those statistics, but it puts a huge burden on a family to be separated for 25 months. I do not claim to know how much time every service member spends away from their family, but 18 months is about the most I’ve heard from the other branches of service.
We love our country. We work hard. We love God and serve Him to the best of our ability. I know that there are many people going through the same or similar circumstances out there. We… my boys and I, and my community need my husband home. Prayer works. I ask… no, I’m begging you… please pray for our family. Please pray that a position will open up here (Jacksonville, FL) so he can come home.
My boys need their dad. They’ve put in their time. This assignment, they will have been without him for over two years of their life. That’s a lot for any boy, but especially for ones their age. Please pray for us… please share this post with your friends, on your Facebook, Twitter, wherever. God hears prayers and we need all we can get. Thank you for your time to read this, thank you more for sharing your time with God on our behalf.
In Christ, The Perry Family @ashli_perry
“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21:22
“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.” Psalm 107:28-30