We wax eloquent about the courage and perseverance of our soldiers, but credit is also due to their brave wives and family members who continue to inspire the nation with their lives. One such strong-willed and courageous woman is Neeru Sambyal, wife of martyred rifleman Ravinder Singh Sambyal.
Neeru and Ravinder Sambyal had been married for two years when news reached her and her 2-year-old daughter of Ravinder’s demise in the line of duty in 2015.
Three years on, Neeru has successfully completed her army training and has been commissioned in the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) of the Indian Army.
Samba(J&K): Neeru Sambyal, wife of army personnel Ravinder Sambyal(who lost his life in 2015) joins army,says 'Was depressed after his death, but my daughter was my motivation&so I decided to join army& today I am a lieutenant. You really have to be mentally strong to be in army' pic.twitter.com/rfxW8bujIZ
— ANI (@ANI) September 23, 2018
Speaking to Times Now, Neeru explained how her daughter inspired her to achieve this feat.
“It was really difficult to accept the reality after he was martyred. But, for me, my daughter is my inspiration.”
Some time, time may end,
But the stories of inspiration and bravery of our Defence forces and their families will never!!
Meet Neeru Sambyal, wife of late army personnel Ravinder Sambyal. She joined Army on the footsteps of her husband who was martyred for country.
SALUTE TO HER. pic.twitter.com/c2ICcViYC2
— All India Radio Darbhanga/ आकाशवाणी दरभंगा (@airdarbhanga) September 23, 2018
This speaks oodles of her grit and strength of will. She further said,
“Being in the army, one has to be mentally strong as there are times when one has to face situations where physical strength won’t matter much.”
Both her paternal and maternal sides of the family are in full support and proud of their daughter for pursuing this goal and successfully achieving it.
Neeru’s father, Darshan Singh Slathia said,
Speaking of the tough competition that his daughter was facing, he further spoke,
“She was competing against 26 other women during her SSB selection exam. Today, I am happy and proud that her struggles have borne fruits. What more can a parent ask for?”
Indeed, what a remarkable and inspiring story of what courage and strength really mean!