Before my husband deployed to Iraq for the second time, he and I went through a particularly rough patch in our relationship, and found ourselves fighting, literally, all the time.
We fought about stupid things, things that didn't matter, but for some reason, neither of us were willing to let anything go.
Whatever the individual reasons for seeking a relationship with someone in the military, there are definite characteristics that set members of our armed forces apart from your typical civilian.
The men and women of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard are some of the most dedicated and selfless individuals put on this earth. These individuals have committed themselves to protecting the freedoms that we cherish and the values that we stand for.
Maybe they enjoy the variety that comes with the reassignments to new and exciting areas of the world.
Or perhaps they share the same morals and values as those who are serving our country.
She simply smiled and said, "Let me give you a piece of advice, honey.
If you want to get married to a Marine, and stay that way, you've got to realize, you can't make any major life decisions beginning six weeks before he deploys until six weeks after he gets back.
Before you decide to make a life --or even consider a life--as a military spouse is the time to think this through, especially if you have doubts or are unfamiliar with the lifestyle.
After a 9.40pm Monday night request for help, the Coast Guard's Sikorsky S-92 R118 from Sligo had been dispatched to airlift a fisherman with what is believed to have been an injured thumb off a British-registered trawler about 240km west of Blacksod, Co. The Coast Guard had asked the Air Corps for what is known as 'top cover' support but as no aircraft was ready, the R116 was dispatched from Dublin.
But moments after what appears to have been an aborted attempt to land to refuel at Blacksod, after their trip from Dublin, about two hours later, the R116 vanished from radar and crashed into the sea off the coast of Mayo.
I remember mentioning this to another wife in passing, and how surprised I was that this build-up seemed harder than his first tour.
I felt like I was at my wits end and worried about going into a deployment in this state.