Deployment Solace from an Earlier Generation of Military Spouses

An installment in the New York Times Deployment Diary

When my husband, a Navy helicopter pilot, deployed a little over a month ago, I drove our two children home in relative silence, wondering how we would handle the better part of the next year. I found my answer — my solace — in an unlikely place: love letters that aren’t mine.

The author's maternal grandparents, with her mother as an infant.

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