I'm an Army Sister as well. My brother is also on his second deployment as well. Every few days I listen to the voicemail he left be right before he went over there, just to listen to his voice. I know what you are going through and you are not alone.
I also understand where you're coming from. The 9 months my brother was deployed to Iraq were harder than I thought they would be. He had given me a pair of his dog tags the night he left, and I wore them every day of his deployment. It made me feel a little better, and I know he was encouraged knowing someone over here supported him and was waiting for his return. So, tell him how much you love him. Write him letters; send him and his buddies care packages (esp. music, socks, candy [that wont melt], and homemade cookies), and never ever ever give up hope that he'll return. Losing contact for a few days is normal; don't freak out until you have reason to. And don't watch the news. Never watch the news.
I'm an Air Force Sister and I understand completely. And the commenter above is completely right. My brother got back from his tour earlier this year, but it was still some of the hardest times in my life. Wear something to remember him through (my mom got us little yellow ribbon necklaces that I still wear, until all of our men and women come home), and any time you notice it there, send a prayer or good mojo or just positive thoughts in his direction and know that it'll be over eventually. And yes. Don't watch the news.
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