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  1. you are so correct. I have lost touch with many of the people I deployed with over the years. On returning home I would often have very strange sensations of loss and separation anxiety. My wife would frequently accuse me of wanting to return to my field peers rather than be with her for the first weeks after returning. People who have not deployed will not understand the bond that forms under those conditions.

    Isolation, a few near death experiences, some common successes and you are forever bonded with those who surrounded you on those days. Those people even return as characters in my dreams. Forever locked in that context, age and maturity to appear as actors in my little sleeping mind plays. Those are some of the most vivid dreams, smells, tastes, sounds and emotional content I do not get from most dreams I can recall.

    One of the things I miss about active duty life is the community and my peers. Does not exist in civilian life outside of collage, incarceration, summer camp or sports teams.

    Hope your new year is a good one.

  2. Oh how true…..my ‘out – laws’….oops I mean ‘in- laws’ drive us insane at times. But one should remember that your partner – in this case my husband, has a very close genetic link to those whom you may occassionally complain about. This is why, despite both our short comings, My husband and I are best friends. We can rely on each other and if need be , die for each other.

    We must be thankful for any relationship that we can pick up at any time and under any conditions.

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