Personal relationships add to the richness of our lives and often provide our greatest comfort. At the same time, even the best relationships experience ups and downs, before, during and after deployment.
The quality of your relationship with your partner deserves your attention. Keeping a relationship strong takes work, but the health of your relationship is critical for you and for your children. That's true whether you and your partner are currently married, single or divorced.
When a service member comes home, anticipation and expectations run high. Often couples have very different expectations of what postdeployment life will be like. Sometimes, the reality of a homecoming does not exactly meet both partners' expectations.