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    My boyfriend of almost a year just left for deployment today. This is my first time dating someone in the military and I truly am just looking for some advice. He will be gone for 6 months and I feel like I don't know what to do. It has only been a a day and I already have not stopped crying. I can't imagine doing this for 6 months straight. How do y'all do it?!
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    Take a deep breath. It isn't an easy road, but you can do it! I'm here if you need to talk.

    DH: Thank you. ME: For what, babe? DH: For being you.


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    My man left for a year deployment 2 weeks ago! My first deployment with him but not his first, although it's his longest, so I'm new to this as well. I don't have much advice from personal experience as it's been only a couple weeks, but I have been given advice from others who have been through this and from where I'm standing it seems to be good advice! This is what I have been told: make small goals (daily or weekly) and focus on them instead of trying to count down the year etc; stay busy/continue to live my life; make new routines...

    I don't know if any of that helps...I think deployment is going to be tough, but I keep thinking to myself a year is nothing compared to a lifetime
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    Being apart is never easy. One thing that is great today rather than in the early nineties, when I experienced that for the first time is that the Internet exists! It makes communication so much easier and helps the both of you to stay connected quicker and without the dreaded wait of mail delivery. It gets easier each day. Just cherish the moments you get to chat and try not to stress when you have a period of time where you don't hear from him.
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    For me, staying super busy is important to keep my mind off things. I write a ton of letters and send a care package at least once a month. The letters make me feel like I am talking to him in a way. I have two jobs, an internship, and go to school full time (this being my last quarter of school!! finallyyyyyyy). I also play slow pitch softball some nights as something fun and go out with my friends. The first week of saying goodbye was the worst for me, but each day it gets a little easier to get out of bed and stop crying. It just feels like something is missing. But absolutely, if you can Skype, or call, or message cherish those moments like the others said! If you stay busy, or do something different you also have more to talk about too! And most importantly, you will get through it, something I have to tell myself all the time. Time will keep on going no matter what which means you're one day closer!

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