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The Veteran's Spouse Project: I Will Wait/Made for You
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Public Affairs
May 12, 2018 | 10:18
Service member's homecoming clips touch the hearts of every American, but we rarely think twice about what goes on before and after these beloved moments. Amy Uptgraft, a Purdue University Theatre graduate, felt as though she lost her thespian roots, taking on a full-time gig as the spouse of an Army Infantry commander and single mother while her husband was deployed.

"I Will Wait," a play told through the stories of five different military spouses, and the accompanying nonprofit, "The Veteran's Spouse Project," or VSP for short, stemmed from the low point Amy hit on her husband's forth deployment. While "I Will Wait" first premiered in Indiana, her husband's PCS to Anchorage, Alaska didn't stop her from continuing to grow the play and nonprofit with the help of other military spouses. “I Will Wait,” and “The Veteran’s Spouse Project,” help military spouses through tough deployments, transitions to new bases, and the difficult, not-so-publicized moments between the service member’s homecoming.