Many couples are now reuniting after long periods of separation due to the deployment of USA servicemen in Afghanistan and Iraq. By first appearances, one would expect this to be a time of joy and happiness after many sleepless lonely nights awaiting the return of your beloved spouse.
However, as Jim Daly points out in his syndicated family column, military families face challenges that “normal civilians” may not be familiar with. He points out that Erin Prater has created a list of tips for couples who are struggling to transition back to their pre-deployment way of life. She, ironically , points out that a surprise party might not be the best idea for a welcome back. Laughter, acting silly together, and dating are probably better ways to reconnect than anything too formal.
Ms Prater also states that sensitivity is necessary with respect to watching documentaries, movies, or news reports about the conflict in Afghanistan or the war in Iraq. Many feel American involvement in both Iraq and Afghanistan was a big time US Stupidity, but bringing up this viewpoint could, no doubt, reopen some very tender wounds.