Twentynine Plams
A U.S. Marine Corps Sikorsky CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 (HMH-361) brings Marines of Company L into the area for Operation CAX 1-2-82 at the Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, California (USA).
Sgt. D.D. Smith, USMC

A Military Spouse Reveals The Value of Isolation

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For a military spouse with a deployed loved one, sometimes the burden of knowledge proves too much. That proved especially true for Lily Stockton, who wrote for Vogue about her two experiences being separated from her husband while he was deployed as a Marine platoon commander.

During her husband’s first deployment in 2007 to Iraq, Stockton worked in the busy world of network news as a junior producer. But she found herself constantly interacting with news of dead and wounded American service members; that understandably placed a major amount of strain on her life. So, when her husband was assigned to Twentynine Palms, California, and she moved to a small town in the Mojave Desert, the isolation made her husband’s second deployment easier to deal with.

Get the full story at Vogue.