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I Survived My First Deployment

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    Survived Ours

    We survived my first deployment, Iraq in 2004 and my second to Afghanistan in 2008. I am retired now but my daughter who is in the Guard has just left for her first deployment, it is so different being on this side of it. It give me even more appreciation for what my wife and...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 3, 2012

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    This Is a Big Goal.

    I really hope I can make it through this. I guess I don't have it as bad as most girls here being I talk to and sometimes see my man daily (only because he is on the Carl Vinson and this ship's not going anywhere anytime soon). But not surviving this deployment had become a big...
    Mandy5367 Mandy5367 22-25, F Aug 11, 2008

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    I So Have

    It was only fo six months. I made itthrew the six months. Just by being busy. Jack was over in the Pacific Ocean. By Japan and some of those countrys. He came home last year, It was just nice that I was able to entertain him. With miss spelled words. In some of the e-mails that...
    acjf acjf 22-25, F Feb 6, 2011

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    I Survived

    Yes i survived - but my marriage didn't. He never trusted me in the first place and never allowed me to have a life, I think when he came back he couldn't handle his jealousy and I think he thinks I did stuff when he was away - I didn't. When he came back he was sooo aggressive...
    AWUK AWUK 26-30, F 4 Responses Aug 10, 2008

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    Over And Over Again

    My husband has a job in the army that causes him to be gone a lot, sometimes for long periods of time. During our first thee years of marriage, he was deployed for two of them! It's hard but you get stronger I promise. You learn and are better prepared each and every time so hang...
    RachelAndLoves RachelAndLoves 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 13, 2012

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    Its Been 6 Months

    as many of you already know i joined this group almost 5 months ago and now its been 6 months since ive seen or been with my husband and its been hard and it came to the point where we didnt know wat to do anymore stay together or just end it but honest to god he was the one who...
    nenewifey nenewifey 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 21, 2008

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    We Survived

    We survived the 1st deployment, I won't lie it was tough, we definitely had ups & downs. We were even "on a break" when he came home in December, but now we are past all of that, he pcsed to Ft Bragg (from Vicenza, Italy) so I moved to NC with him. It has been hard adjusting to...
    gonnabemrsG gonnabemrsG 22-25, F May 25, 2011

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    MY Husband Will Be Home In 4 Days

      MY DH WILL BE HOME IN 4 DAYS AND IT IS SO EXCITING N SCARY AND ALL THOSE FEELINS IN BETWEEN I CAN NOT WAIT TO SEE HIM SOON HE MEANS EVRYTHING TO ME AND i AM MISSING HIM SO MUCH AND I CAN NOT TO KISS HIM AFTER 5 LONG MONTHS MISSING MY HUSBAND DEEPLY GO NAVY!!!!
    michellemtjpjt michellemtjpjt 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 7, 2008

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    Our First Deployment

     my husband and i are on our second deployment now..the first one was last summer. we had just went on our first date then he went back to san diego. about ten days later he left on his first deployment. we had just became a couple and neither of us really knew what we were...
    WednesdayKalei WednesdayKalei 18-21, F Aug 10, 2009

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    Our First Deployment.... And I Can Use Your Help Ladies!!

    So my Marine left a month ago to Afghanistan and he will be deployed for 7 to 12 months... he asked me to wait and of course I agreed because I love him!! But what do you ladies do to survive?? I feel so alone and lost... :-( my girls want to take me out for a good time. And I...
    marinegf88 marinegf88 22-25, F 4 Responses Apr 17, 2012

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    WOW Would I Do It Again and I Said Hell Yeah Whenever N Where Ever U R I Am There By Yr Side!!!!!

    DO U KNOW WHAT IS SO FUNNY I THOUGHT I WOULD NEVER MARRY MY BEST FRIEND HE WILL PUT ME THROUGH HELL AND THEN JOING THE NAVY FOR A 6 YEAR TOUR OR MORE LOL BUT IT HAPPEN TO ME THE BROOKLYN CHIC LOL I DID ALL THOSE THINGS IF ANY ASK ME WOULD U GO THROUGH ALL THE EMOTIONS AGAIN I...
    michellemtjpjt michellemtjpjt 31-35, F 2 Responses Jun 18, 2008

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    Not So Great Deployment

    our first deployment was awful! within the first 3 months he was in iraq we were getting a divorce.. by the time R&R came we didnt see each other at all. it wasnt till about 3 months before he was coming back (gone for a year) that we started talking again about the divorce and...
    ItsAnArmyWifeThang ItsAnArmyWifeThang 18-21, F 2 Responses May 5, 2011

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    Random Incidents

    Ever since I came home around 3 months ago every time I hear a loud thumping noise I react unnaturally. When I first got home my dog was scratching herself and subconsciously started thumping the bed, I woke up screaming because it sounded like a helicopter was coming straight...
    L1ghtz L1ghtz 22-25, M 1 Response Oct 25, 2013

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    Related Experiences

    My boyfriend just left for out first deployment together (his second) today, and I'm kind of reeling from the fact that the person I always talk to isn't here to text anymore...
    Kellbell1995 Kellbell1995 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 28

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    I've made a real effort to handle my husbands deployment 'gracefully'. I try to not complain and whine on social media said. I don't try to one up anyone's tough situation with the...
    Armywifsahm Armywifsahm 22-25, F 4 Responses Apr 28

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    My boyfriend and I are both deploying. We have been dating for 8 months and are engaged. I don't know how to handle him being gone. I don't leave for another week for my deployment...
    woodslynn0 woodslynn0 18-21, F May 19

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    i feel horrible that i didnt realize how stressed my husband is about stuff thats going on with his family. his family decided to tell him his sister got diagnosed with chrons...
    wifeusmc27 wifeusmc27 18-21, F 1 Response May 18

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    Here it is... The story of me and my first love. Currently, I am so confused about where to share my feelings and I want to thank this site for letting me release my emotions...
    ApplePamilar ApplePamilar 18-21, F 1 Response May 5

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    I survived a head on collision in the Mississippi delta. It happened some 10+ years ago. I have difficulty speaking about it and may write more about it later. My sense of well...
    oobiedoobie oobiedoobie 51-55, M 1 Response May 16

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    I just got back from camp....it was appalling! The food was not even fit for human consumption (except the cookies, of which I stole so many I assume some poor kids missed out...
    AudioTravylerRavenwolf AudioTravylerRavenwolf 13-15, F 1 Response May 1

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    It hurt, yeah. Probably the deepest pain you will ever feel is losing your first love. Except I didn't just lose him, he lost himself. It was sad to see someone you were once to in...
    LorenFlower LorenFlower 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 29

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    I survived being stabbed I stab myself all the time it's just knowing where to stab yourself so you survive
    ILoveToBeTortured ILoveToBeTortured 18-21, F May 16

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    On May 11th it will have been 2 years since I was in an accident, an accident that honestly should have killed me. It was a beautiful spring day in Georgia and my brother, a friend...
    Kimba112 Kimba112 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 29

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    when I was in high school my high school first love turned out be controlling, manipulative and verbally and emotionally, physically abusive, I was isolated from friends and family...
    Kmek3232 Kmek3232 31-35, F May 6

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    Nature has it's own way of showing its rage. It's a miracle when you survive that rage. You thank the graces of nature yet you curse it at the same time. But that is all you can do...
    Shayala Shayala 18-21, F May 13

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    how do I heal how do my children heal. May 4, 2015 my husband took 4 full bottles of medication and slit one of his wrist. I had gotten off work and called to tell him I was home...
    JorrieA JorrieA 31-35, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I had my first boyfriend at 13 and I fell deeply in love with him, but my family moved across country and we couldn't see each other anymore. We kept in contact through High School...
    Sparklynina Sparklynina 36-40, F 1 Response May 8

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    My first with a girl I had a small crush on at school. However we did not go out until I left College. She was very nice but we could not find the time to spend together. My...
    sroonaka616 sroonaka616 18-21 2 Responses Apr 28

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    I never message people first. Most of my circle added me before I added them. There are just a few I added first just a very few. I don't want to seem like a creeper or a perve so...
    tornsin tornsin 31-35, M May 1

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    So Friday night, and I'm going out with my friends and I had just planned it to be us and then my friend invites this guy that she's trying to set me up with which I wasn't too...
    yungrochelle yungrochelle 18-21, F 1 Response May 16

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    I have been reunited with my first love.... We met in Job Corps in the early 90. At the time I had a boyfriend. But he was always around making me laugh. Till one day he ask me to...
    alwayshisbaby73 alwayshisbaby73 41-45, F 2 Responses May 18

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    The first feeling you felt that could not be identified, what was not logical made the perfect sense right then. We tend to compare all of our experiences to the first love and...
    RestlessFlame RestlessFlame 18-21, F 6 days ago

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    I have been telling my friends and family this for years! It's super important to love yourself. If you can't love yourself how can someone else? I see that tweet point I just made...
    Liv4Life Liv4Life 18-21, F 15 hrs ago

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    I first met my first love when I was 12 and we both get well together .. But we never start dating or confirmed our relationship which make me so sad until now . He's popular at...
    Samnesiaa Samnesiaa 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 29

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    Ah my first crush was in first grade...before I understood what the feeling was...I can't recall her name...she was in fifth grade and lived in the house directly behind mine...we...
    CainMarko CainMarko 26-30, M 1 Response May 1

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    Most people don't, right? Awkward. Trying too hard to be interesting maybe. To me it's like everything is possible. I could spend the evening with the most amazing person ever and...
    LemonadeGrin LemonadeGrin 41-45, M 5 Responses May 1

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    My very first crush was when I was in preschool! I never thought I would see him again after preschool cause we never went to the same elementary school, but we went to the same...
    gospelsinger03 gospelsinger03 18-21, F May 1

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    I miss my girl friend with whom I fall in love at first sight ..first time I saw her when I went to see my friend and she opened the door and then I was mesmerized by her beauty...
    xRohit xRohit 31-35, M May 5

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    It was summer gap when I had completed my board exams for school...and enjoying my holidays...my dad is a surgery specialist....so obviously watching him I too wanted to become a...
    shiwangee shiwangee 18-21, F May 6

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    😂 I hate it... But nobody seems to text me first. I like talking to these said people so I will text them. But Grace, you always text me first! Your cool! :3
    3st3ll3 3st3ll3 13-15, F 3 Responses May 8

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    My first true love was my ex fiancé, RD. He was the first guy I got to have a real relationship with and we talked about so much and got to know each other so well while he was...
    Rhisk89 Rhisk89 22-25, F 1 Response May 9

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    A while ago when I was 21. I was convinced to share this as I did not join EP for anything sexual but as she intelligently added, it's a part of EP and our lives, why not share it...
    Golfknar Golfknar 36-40, M 1 Response May 9

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    I have a wonderful husband, amazing children and a semi charmed life yet I always wonder what could have been. This first love of mine, we were ripped part because his family moved...