We have seen the joyous homecomings here in Eastern Carolina when members of the military return home. What we usually don't get to see, and perhaps why those reunions are so special, is what it's like for military spouses while their loved ones are deployed.
Amanda Paul took a closer look into the lives of military wives from the east.
It was love at first site for Traci and Adam Sachetti when they met back in 2006 . The two tied the knot 6 months ago but in about two months they two will be oceans apart. Adam is one of many still fighting in the War on Terrorism. He's heading to Afghanistan on a 6 to 7 month deployment.
"We're facing the challenges of missing birthdays, first anniversaries, valentines day and thanksgiving so we're trying to celebrate everything before he goes," said Traci.
While Traci is no stranger to deployments, getting used to carrying the burden in and around the house in a new place can be difficult.
It's a similar feeling for mother of two, Jesey McManus. When her husband is gone she sometimes feels she's shouldering life's burdens.
"At times it feels like your a single parent but it really doesn't because they are such a huge part of your life. We're always talking about him thinking about him coloring picture for him and sending off packages to him," said Jesey.
For the kids, Jesey says, the separation presents another set of challenges
"Disciplining wise it would all fall on me is sometimes is hard. If they start to express sadness or something about him being gone we just do color therapy."
These women say the key to getting through a deployment is to create a Marine Corp family.
When these men and women return home, there are other challenges that arise. Christopher Larson left 12 days after his youngest daughter was born and now the two are bonding.
"For them, its like them trying to figure out who is this man and who is he in our lives and have him adjust back to our everyday." they say its like a hamster wheel you know when they come home you're life still, your daily actives and routines still spins and he has to try to figure out where to jump in and help," said Heather Larson.
"What would be the alternative? I love my husband. He loves his job," said Heather.
"This is what we signed up for and again we're here cause we're proud of what they do, " said Traci.
"It is what you make of it. You got to make it into a positive thing," said Jesey. "I don't want people to think that being a military spouse is a woe is me type of situation."
There are various support groups in the east, including Camp Lejeune that's available to both girlfriends and wives of marines.