NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Any military wife will tell you deployments are always tough, but when a situation like the one in Syria begins to escalate, the time away from loved ones can become excruciating.
"I know that he is there," said local Navy wife Darcy. "I'm not thrilled about it. I'm not happy about it. I do have some worry about it, but he is doing his job."
Darcy's husband Joe is a sailor on board the USS Stout. The ship is in the Mediterranean and joining four other Norfolk-based warships that are with in striking distance of Syria.
"You know there is a sang that goes 'the toughest job in the Navy is being a navy wife,' and it's very true," Darcy added.
The Stout left Norfolk just two weeks ago. It's the third deployment for Joe and his family living in Hampton Roads -- a routine they've gotten used to.
"We now have two children," Darcy said. "This is out first deployment with both kids, and I had to be the stronger one for them so they wouldn't see mom fall apart."
But Darcy admits this deployment could be the most stressful. She says over the next couple weeks she will try not to watch too much TV.
"I do enough research to know what the situation is," she added.
Usually she hears from Joe though email, but all communication has stopped as the situation with Syria intensifies.
"I know that when he gets a chance he will communicate with us," Darcy said.
No one knows when that will happen. The kids give the Navy wife a nice distraction, but the distraction only lasts so long.
"But it's very tough," she added. "Anybody who says it's not tough is lying."
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