Deployments are always hard, especially your first deployment. The unknown can really eat away at you when your life seems to be in a state of limbo. Most of us know what it’s like to try to continue our education, have a child, move, or get settled in life. Add a deployment on top of all of life’s complications and it can cause a lot of stress. However, there are a lot of things you can do to lessen the stress of a deployment.

There’s no better day than welcoming home your loved one from deployment.

This article was originally published at USMC Life and Marine’s Blog, the official Department of Defense blog.