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Military deployments impact on families

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A picture shared with News 11 by Heather Traylor. The picture shows her and her baby boy reuniting with their loved one after months in the Middle East.

YUMA, Ariz. ( KYMA, KECY). One local Marine wife and mother is coming forward to share her story on the hardships families face when a loved one is out on deployment for the country.

Heather Traylor is a Marine wife is based in Yuma and her husband James Traylor has been serving in the Marine Corps for over 20-years.

With the news continuing to unfold out of the Middle East as tensions between Iran and the U.S. brew Heather has a message.

“I feel for them, it’s not an easy situation to be in, it’s hard knowing that it can happen and that your family could be sent over there," said Traylor.

Traylor tells News 11 her husband James has been deployed up to eight times. She said there have been deployments where she believed her husband would not make it back.

“You knew where his base was attacked you knew it done but didn’t hear anything after," said Traylor.

Traylor said life as a Marine wife has taught her to lean on others that are going through the same thing.

“We have a saying,’ be like gummy which means to be flexible because you can not expect anything," said Traylor.

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Carmen Valencia joined KYMA in early September of 2018 as a multimedia journalist.


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