Military Couples Balance Raising Children

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) - Air Force Sgt. Stacia Zachary
picks up her four-year-old daughter from preschool every day.
That routine will change in August, when Zachary deploys from Florida to Afghanistan for six months.
Growing numbers of American servicemen and women are married to
each other - up 35 percent from 2000 to 2007.
Many of those couples have children, although the Pentagon does
not track the number.
For the kids, it means rarely having both parents at home simultaneously.
When both are gone, or when duties keep the home partner too busy, extended families often come into play.
Couples say it's a sacrifice military families make to combine a
normal life with drawn-out war.
Experts say that with no end in sight to the wars, more military
couples are deciding not to put off having children.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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