Close deployments, divided families

‘Indescribable emotions’ as a shrinking fleet takes toll

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Spouses say Navy resources such as free counseling, chaplains and an ombudsman help them — as do Facebook fan page updates by carrier commanders. But none of it takes away the pain of being separated from their loved ones.

“I just keep living one day at a time with the hope in my heart that one of those days we will be in each other’s arms again,” Mrs. Bedard said.

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