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Military Couples Reunite After Months Apart

Six months, two weeks, nine hours, and 35 minutes -- that's how long Jackie Piasta has spent waiting to welcome her husband back home.
"I'm super excited, butterflies in my stomach, everyone is text messaging me asking when he's coming in," said Jackie Piasta.

She's alongside dozens of wives, children, family and friends on the flight line at Dyess Air Force base Sunday evening when the latest C-130 makes its arrival from Afghanistan, airmen in tow.

Six months, two weeks, nine hours, and 35 minutes -- that's how long Jackie has spent waiting for this very moment, to welcome her husband back home.

With many in the military, it's a given they will spend time away from loved ones for the love of their country.

"The 317th that just came back, and they've been doing this for ten years," said Master Sgt. John Miles, Superintendent of the Airmen Family Readiness Center at Dyess.

Jackie and her husband 1st Lt. Steven Piasta have been married for less than two years -- and for the past six months, the C-130 pilot has been serving overseas in Afghanistan, the couple's very first deployment together.

"I don't know if I really knew what to expect, since it's our first time around. I knew I'd miss him a lot, but I didn't really expect to form the relationships that I've formed without him here," Jackie explained.

Those relationships are what make it easier for her and many air force spouses to make it through the battle of having your other half thousands of miles away in a war zone.

"They find that support network and that common bond of, 'Hey, I've been there, I've survived it and you can, too,'" Miles said.

"You know, it's been a struggle, but you just take it day by day," Jackie said. "I have a lot of people here who support me, help me get through it, but I'm not gonna lie, it's been a struggle."

We spoke with Lt. Piasta moments after he stepped off the plane, six months of service and four days of traveling behind him.

"She had a great system in place, and a support system. I couldn't have done it without her," he said. .

And like many other couples, they did do it and proved they're stronger for the next one.

"It wasn't the best thing in the world, but we're here, we're back home and we made it," Steven said.
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