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Coming Home: Reunion Experiences on Joint Base Lewis-McChord

1 January 2011


Military life demands that families continuously navigate between long distance (LDRR) and close proximity relationships. Following our entrance into the War on Terror, OIF/OEF, the Army has seen a rise in the number of high op-tempo bases. With increased deployments and ways around the required stabilization time, military families are experiencing repeated, elongated separations. As a rapid deployment instillation, Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) deployed a record number of their troops during 2008-2009. Utilizing qualitative research methods including participant observation, personal interviews and focus groups, this study seeks to understand how JBLM spouses navigate between single and dual adult households. An emphasis is placed upon how individuals create an identity as a military spouse, utilize coping mechanisms, use behavioral modeling and reinvent roles.


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