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Dear Sue,

My best friend is in the Marines and he’s leaving for Afghanistan soon. I’m going to miss him and I don’t know how to cope with it. How can I stay in touch and maintain my friendship?

 

Sincerely,

Sad

 

 

Dear Sad,

It is hard to watch a loved one or a friend go off overseas. I have personal experience with that myself. The best way to ‘cope’ with your friend leaving is to ask him to keep in contact. Write letters, call, and e-mail. You would be surprised how often the men overseas get to contact their loved ones. Try and think about him going overseas in a positive matter. You have to remember that he is doing his job, and the time he does get for leave will be well spent. Don’t give up and always have hope.

 

Sue.