Reintegration from deployment

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PASADENA, Calif. -- A couple who became husband and wife on the "Love Float," a surprise reunion between a returning soldier and his little boy, and a grand marshal famed globally for her chimpanzee research were among the highlights of the 124th Rose Parade on Tuesday. The parade's spectacular 42 floral floats brightened an otherwise cloudy Ne... more

Reintegration: The Pushy Houseguest Stage

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Another military wife friend refers to the whole deployment cycle as "Wait-Honeymoon-Suck." By that terminology, my husband and I are definitely in the "suck," though "suck" seems a little strong. It's not really that bad. This is definitely better than having him gone. But still ... The Passive Aggressive Post-It It's bad enough that th... more

Sarah Smiley: Post-Deployment Bliss?

Sarah Smiley and her husband surprise their kids with his mid-tour leave.

Dustin has already been home from deployment for a month. Yes, it's true. I know because I have a calendar. If I went with my gut instead, I would think Dustin just arrived. The month leading up to his homecoming crept by painfully slow, but the past four weeks have slipped past like a summer's end. To say it's been a good month would be an und... more

Deployed Dad, New Baby: 12 Ways to Bring Them Together

Construction Mechanic 2nd Class Jeff Reyes, assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), meets his baby for the first time as the ship arrives in Norfolk in 2013. Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sabrina Fine/Navy

Not only are dads routinely absent during a baby's birth and first year, moms in uniform also have to deploy after a baby is born. Parents in uniform worry that the baby won't know them. Their partners worry about their babies never bonding to that deployed parent. Murkoff turned to parents-to-be for suggestions. We turned to our experi... more

Returning Warrior Workshop Breaks Mold

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You have thoughts about what the military is "like." All of us do. Yes, even those of us who are affiliated with the military. Typical stereotypes include the following: The military isn't into "sharing feelings." The military thinks counseling is for sissies. The military encourages bravado. The military is filled with people who love a go... more

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