Chuck has deployed for the Marine Corps three times now. The first two deployments were to exotic Afghanistan, and no family leave was permitted. His third deployment is in Australia, and although his situation is vastly different (safer) than prior deployments, I still didn’t anticipate him having a leave block – and definitely not a reliable one.
But he did indeed receive two weeks of leave halfway through the six-months away, and after much time/money/energy-based indecision, I booked a flight to go visit him. I’m so glad I did! Continue reading