The military can be very unfair to families, and unfortunately, there’s no way around it. Tons of servicemen/servicewomen all over the world on deployment have to spend Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthdays, etc. away from their families. I can’t imagine how they feel, but I know how hard it is from the family’s perspective.
Even though they’re not with their real family, they usually have their own type of celebrations together on base. They may have dinners or even just a time to relax. It’s obviously not even close to being back home, but at least they have something special. Even though it’s terrible, situations like this only make you stronger.
Taken by: Matt Snow. Pictured: Fellow sailors on deployment.