ABC News’ Liz Sintay and Eliza Murphy Report:
November is Military Family Month, a time for honoring those who sacrifice so much for our country. And the OWN Network is debuting a new series on Nov. 18 called “Married to the Army: Alaska.” It offers an inside look at the lives of military wives and the special sisterhood they form while their husbands are deployed.
Yolanda Goins is one of the stars of the new OWN series, and is no stranger to the responsibility a spouse shoulders for family and home while her husband, Col. Morris Goins, is overseas.
“We decided to do the show because we noticed that our spouses really give a tremendous sacrifice to our nation,” Goins said on “Good Morning America” today. “So while the soldiers are serving on one side of the battlefield, we have children and spouses at home serving on the other side of the battlefield.”
Yolanda Goins was born into the army life as the daughter of two career soldiers. Her husband just completed his fourth deployment.
“It’s hard for me to separate the army from the wife because that’s who I am. I’m an army wife,” Goins told ABC News.
The couple has one son, Cameron, who is following in his dad’s footsteps as a junior at West Point.
“Our son is a Cow, which is a junior at West Point. We are stationed in Alaska so we don’t have the opportunity to see him very much,” Goins said.
But that all changed this morning on “GMA. ” Cameron had secretly come to New York to surprise his father on the show. Yolanda was in on the surprise, but Col. Goins had no idea.
“It’s phenomenal. It’s just good to see him. It’s been a while,” Col. Goins said.
“He’s just a great leader to me,” Cameron said of his father. “I want to be just like him, follow the same career path and everything.”
Goins said special moments like these make the military family bonds that much stronger.
“It strengthens the bonds because when your husband or your son is away, you cannot see them every day. My husband left for work one day and did not come home until 10 months later. It teaches you to cherish those moments that you have, and to focus on what is important,” Goins said.
There is arguably no one more qualified than Goins to bring together this sisterhood of army wives at Fort Richardson, Alaska, where the OWN series is based. It’s a support group that never knows what the new day will bring.
“As an army wife, I can say with 98 percent certainty that your husband will be different, but that’s nothing to fear. It’s just something prepare for,” Goins explained to a new Army wife. “And on the flip side, you won’t be the same.”
For these women, “deployment” is more than just a word. It’s a way of life, and a tough one at that. But this group is up to the task.
“Inside your knees are buckling, but when it’s required, you stand strong as a mighty warrior. That’s what army wives are,” Goins said.