Separations are nothing new for military couples.
Most military marriages have endured temporary splits—a few weeks here, a couple months there. And for American military couples, those separations usually come during times of peace.
But this time it was war. With some 300,000 troops stationed in and around Iraq—not to mention thousands more trying to keep the peace in Afghanistan and other places—tens of thousands of couples are facing their first wartime separation. And it's scary.
"There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends."
Here are their stories. Adapted from TCW article "Separated by War" by Mark Moring.