My DH was deployed for a year in 2004. Luckily, we didn't have any children yet. It was super hard! I kept in close contact with other women in my DH unit. They can understand what you are going through. My friends would complain about their DH & I would want to scream "At least he is here & not in Iraq"! Emailing back & forth helped, but sometimes that just made me miss him more. I also went to a family therapist, who helped me with the anger of the deployment. Stay strong! It's easy to stay depressed. I also had a drinking problem, which made it worse. I will tell you that the 1st year he was home, we had a hard time, but now our marriage is better than ever. I check my page every day, so if you need to vent or have questions, please let me know! Take care of yourself & you will be in our prayers!
at 12:44 PM on Jan. 22, 2009