PO1 Shahida Marmol Great question! It is always tough to be away from your children for over 12 month period during a deployment. I just sent them emails when I could and made sure that I sent them letters asking about their month and what they were up to in school, etc. My youngest daughter actually spent some in the hospital when she fell off a trampoline and broke here femur - it was tough not to be there for her, but I got pictures of her in the hospital with a big cast all the way up her leg. The reunion when you get back is unforgettable. Now they are off to college and I get to see them once or twice a year again. It’s just the same when I see them - a real reunion.
You think about them, send them some surprises and cards and pictures every so often. Luckily we have the internet and plenty of communications to also have real time conversations when we can. On the flip side you try to bury yourself in work and extra circular activities so the limited down time does not get too lonely.
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