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How to Cope With the Stress of Separation During the Holidays

November 13, 2014
Written by James Zimmer, alumnus, School of Arts and Humanities at American Public University

Another holiday season is here and being in the military can make it especially hard to cope with the stress that it brings. There are very few professions that require you to miss important life events like Thanksgiving, Christmas, anniversaries, and birthdays. Some would think that the actual holiday is the most stressful day, but in reality the explanation to a son or daughter why you can’t be there is the hardest.

How do we as America’s warriors rise up every day, strap those boots on, and say hard words like “goodbye” or “see you soon”? There are no easy answers to this question, but there are some things that can ease the pain of missing your family during the holidays.

Read the entire article at Military1.

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