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How do military guys cope with being away from your families for long times?

Just wondering how hard you find it being away from your family when on deployment. I know I would find it really hard. I was in jail for 6 months and looking forward to visits keeps you going - even if they are behind glass. My first kid was born when I was in jail and I couldn't get out for that and found that really hard. There must be births, marriages and deaths while you're on service. It must be hard to miss out on all of that.

Asked By: Jamie - 4/7/2007
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It's tough. I've missed birthdays, births, and the Army did send me home for a funeral. I remember when letters were used and not all the technology today. Phone calls were hard to get through. With all this technology, computers, Instant Messaging, Video Conferencing, Web Cams, etc.. it's made it a lot easier. It... More
Answered By: Sergeant Major - 4/7/2007
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You stay in contact any way you can. Phone calls, letters, etc. A set schedule of contact helps, too.
Answered By: Tom Jr - 4/7/2007
 
Your right on all accounts. It can be very difficult! The military tries to accommodate when family members pass away, sometimes birth of a child. but its not always possible. And it definitely weighs moral wise on the mind of the service member.
Answered By: OkieBoy - 4/7/2007
 
It's very hard. I have been in the military for 5 yrs and on my second deployment. Keeping in touch with family and friends is a must to keep your moral high. This deployment is harder for me because I have a 1 yr old daughter, and I have missed a lot of her devlopment. I get videos and pictures, but its not the same... More
Answered By: Cocoa - 4/7/2007
 
We understand the pain of military guys, Mr. Bush, Mr. Tony Blair and Mr. Olmert should also understand that Military is meant for legal use but not forputting own military guys in to such hardship, by unlawfully invading and killings innocent citizens of other countries, like Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine... More
Answered By: mushtaqehind - 4/7/2007
 
Hi, It is very very hard on us some times. However I seem to have gotten used to it, Video tapes, web cams, letters phone calls, satellite up links, emails it all helps. Every night I go to bed I close my eyes look up at the stars and know my family is looking back at the same stars when they go to sleep and it helps... More
Answered By: SRT Lone Wolf - 4/7/2007
 
As someone who has been there. What I did was just not think about it. All thinking/worrying about it is going to do is going to distract you. And when your deployed in a combat area, the last thing you want is to not have your head in the game. That's in my opinion one of the top reasons why soldiers are getting... More
Answered By: AJ - 4/7/2007
 
It seems easier today, with email, cell & satelite phones and electronics to keep busy. I depended soley on letters. Comic books, old magazines, cards, checkers and other mundane things to keep mentally busy... More
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Answered By: Politically Wrong - 4/7/2007
 
My first deployment to Bosnia it was letters and a occasional phone call. My second deployment it was a letter once in a while, a card on a birth day, phone calls, and short web-cam chats. OIF 1 it was hard because it was war for the first few months my wife and kids were scared because they did not here from me in a... More
Answered By: mike_bellnj - 4/7/2007
 
This added stress definitely does no good for any soldier, especially in a combat zone, when any moment could be your last.
Answered By: pathfinder - 4/7/2007
 
I was away (other than 10 day short runs and schools) 13 months (Antarctica), 12 months (Arabian gulf), 6 months (Indian Ocean), 6 months (Mediterranean). Before I was married I was in-country Viet Nam for 12 months. We kept busy...8-12 hours a day(some of my mates worked 12-16 hour days, 7 days a week), 6 and 7 day... More
Answered By: OldeSalt - 4/7/2007
 
When you first get there, it is so overwhelming. The sights, the sounds, the smells, they are all different. Sometimes you can't wait to hear from home. Then you can't bear to think about home. Sometimes you want to write to your family and tell them everything you are going through. Then you realize that you just can'... More
Answered By: PurpleArmyMom - 4/7/2007
 
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