Bring back Military R&R

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We've been at war and deploying soldiers back to back for 11 years now and the military family is suffering. There is more PTSD, more broken marriages, more military teenagers into substance abuse and juvenile delinquency because their dad, and now increasingly mom as well, is never home. Cutting soldiers' two weeks R&R mid-deployment and making military families spend even more time apart is not right.

Please support our military and give our troops who are putting their lives on the line for our country the two weeks mid-deployment R&R with their families that they so richly deserve.

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And now you have to be on deployment for 365 days to qualify for R&R. But the DON has increased the amount of maternity leave.
My husband has a skill set that can be used in the civilian sector. I understand the cost of family leave for the military but I'm not convinced that it's more costly than training new personnel if people like my husband chose to leave the military. What's the incentive to stay? Is it worth damaging a family?
I just want to ask how would you feel if you where to be away from your family for more than months on end. Missing holidays special occasions! They fight for our freedom and they can't get a little RnR? My boyfriend is deployed and although he isn't on dangerous ground at any moment it can change. He has family who miss him very much. He will be missing every holiday! I don't think it's right to take something away from all the military men that deserve that time. It's unfair. What's most unfair is that they work 6 12 hour days and barley have any time to rest or ever make a simple phone call. They deserve the time with there family. It is bad enough they are away for so long.
My husband is being stationed in Bahrain for 1 year. Our daughter is only 4.5 months old. He is already going to miss all of her "first," the day she crawls, the day she walks, the day she says her first word. I am very disappointed that The Navy is cutting this program after my husband has dedicated 15 years and 7 deployments. Very sad.
My boyfriend is serving a year tour in Kuwait. Its not fair to him that he doesnt get to come because yall want to make stupid budget cuts. Take other******away besides their time.
I understand in times like this spending cuts need to be made. I can only imagine the price of all those plane tickets home for soldiers, but I have a hard time believing that this is a good idea and is OK for our leadership to decide on for our deployed soldiers. It makes me very sad that the leaders of our country have decided to move forward with this. I pray that our leaders will find another way to cut costs, perhaps taking the burden upon themselves, rather than placing it on the shoulders of those who already carry so much.
My husband is currently deployed and he missed the birth of our son. It would be such a blessing to have him come home for a bit to see and hold his son for the first time.