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15 Things You Only Understand If Your Husband Deployed
Deployments are a fact of life for most military families. While each one is uniquely challenging and no two deployments are the same, some experiences are universal. Here are some of my deployment observations that I am confident my fellow military spouses understand.
1. The FaceTime and Skype jingles are the soundtrack of your life.
2. A "Missed FaceTime call" notification on your phone ruins your day. But, no worries, if you're away from your phone, your 2-year-old knows how to answer it.
3. A simple door knock equals a momentary panic attack. Don’t worry, it’s just the UPS guy, totally freaking you out again.
4. Frozen yogurt, a smoothie, or a cookie are all perfectly acceptable meals.
5. Civilian spouses will tell you they get it because their husbands go on business trips. You smile, nod, and bite your tongue.
6. You're fully capable of doing everything, but the thought of someone else taking out the trash or scrubbing the shower makes you want to jump for joy.
7. You're almost irrationally mad at your friend whose husband is always around. Almost.
8. The deployment gnome is real. The car battery will die, the washer will leak and cease to function. Blame it on the gnome.
9. Sleeping diagonally on the bed makes it feel less empty. Starfish position works too.
10. You kind of miss the piles of green t-shirts.
11. The anticipation and excitement of an impending homecoming trump just about all other countdown feelings. Sorry, wedding day!
12. You find yourself scrubbing the top of the fridge in a frenzy, though you know he won't notice or care, because anything is cleaner than a shipping container in the Middle East.
13. For a moment, nothing is more important than finding the perfect homecoming outfit. Nothing.
14. He returns looking a few years older, not six months older. Deployment accelerates the silver fox status.
15. The homecoming makes all of the frustrating days and lonely nights worth it, if only for one day.
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Pardoned soldiers Clint Lorance and Mathew Golsteyn were special guests at a recent Trump fundraiser
President Donald Trump, speaking during a closed-door speech to Republican Party of Florida donors at the state party's annual Statesman's Dinner, was in "rare form" Saturday night.
The dinner, which raised $3.5 million for the state party, was met with unusual secrecy. The 1,000 attendees were required to check their cell phones into individual locked cases before they entered the unmarked ballroom at the south end of the resort. Reporters were not allowed to attend.
But the secrecy was key to Trump's performance, which attendees called "hilarious."
Riding the high of the successful event turnout — and without the pressure of press or cell phones — Trump transformed into a "total comedian," according to six people who attended the event and spoke afterward to the Miami Herald.
He also pulled an unusual move, bringing on stage Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance and Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, who Trump pardoned last month for cases involving war crimes. Lorance was serving a 19-year sentence for ordering his soldiers shoot at unarmed men in Afghanistan, and Golsteyn was to stand trial for the 2010 extrajudicial killing of a suspected bomb maker.
Retired Col. Charles McGee stepped out of the small commercial jet and flashed a smile.
Then a thumbs-up.
McGee had returned on a round-trip flight Friday morning from Dover Air Force Base, where he served as co-pilot on one of two flights done especially for his birthday.
By the way he disembarked from the plane, it was hard to tell that McGee, a Tuskegee Airman, was turning 100.
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