So I have just been deployed and my chain of command let me know mere hours before I was suppose to go on leave with my wife to visit family. We were devastated, and it only gave us a few days to prepare for all this. It's been so hard for me at least she doesn't show it as much when I leave. I cried the hardest I have ever cried when I left. I have this nasty feeling like I won't come home to see her ever again. I would do anything to have one more day with her. I miss her so much, her smile and her laugh. I miss holding holding her and touching her soft face. I miss making her laugh. Skype does no justice, it's been two and a half months. It's killing me, how ami suppose to make it through this? I feel like when I come back so much will have changed. She looks different and sounds different on Skype. I'm terrified that one day she just won't be able to handle the stress and quit. I just have that feeling. I know she loves me and there is no doubt in our trust and loyalty it's just the stress of my absence and all the things I did at home resting in her shoulders. I wish I would never have joined the military if I knew it would cause such deep emotional pain. It's the worst feeling I have ever had
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At least you're being realistic about it. To deal with the stress you can try the following:
*Communicate with your wife whenever you get the chance and vary the lines of communication - email, letter, phone, etc.
*Keep a journal
*Make friends with other married folks in your unit and see how they deal with the stress
*The army also had a pdf about coping with deployment stress - some tips maybe useful to you link
If your wife lives on or near a military base then you could suggest to her joining a support group for military wives of deployed husbands. That should help make coping stress on her end a bit easier.