While saying goodbye to a loved one for a military deployment is rough, many families admit that their return poses even greater challenges. After all, the family members left behind establish new ways of accomplishing household and life tasks. With a slew of new routines in place, military families often have to reconfigure their post-deployment lives together.

This clip is from “We’re In This Together,” which was produced in partnership with the Anoka County Historical Society.

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This story is part of the collection The Call to Serve: Stories of Sacrifice, War and the Way Home, which was funded by the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation.