Maintaining a Strong Relationship Through Deployments and Separations

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Long distance relationships and separations are often the norm in the military. Deployment, training and moving are part of military life. Keep in mind that when you or your spouse is deployed, your family dynamics will need to adjust. Time apart may bring challenges for both the partner at home, who has taken on more responsibilities, and the deployed service member, who may struggle with missing important family events. Your partner's emotional support is often what you'll miss the most — a hug after a long day, or someone who can relate to you when your kids are testing the waters.

Luckily, there are ways to ensure you keep in touch and maintain a strong relationship with your partner. Communication and trust are key to building a strong and healthy relationship. However, even with good communication and mutual trust, some days you'll likely need a little extra support. Turn to your friends, family or even a counselor to help you cope when things become a little challenging.

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