Love Is a Battlefield

Love is a battlefield

kristi mccay with her infant child and two dogs
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Drew Jarrett
A Soldier's Wife
NAME: Kristi McCay, 22
SPOUSE: LCpl. James "Mike" McCay, USMC
YEARS OF SERVICE: 3
HOMETOWN: St. Petersburg, FL
MARRIED: May 28, 2005
CHILDREN: James Jr., 6 months
NUMBER OF TIMES SPOUSE HAS BEEN DEPLOYED: 2
LOCATION: Iraq
LAST TIME YOU SAW YOUR SPOUSE: March 7, 2006, 2 a.m.
"God brought us together from two very different places, so I know he'll be back. I see deployments as time for me to get things done and try new things. They also help me to appreciate my husband and my marriage more." Dress, $2455, Prada; necklace, $1340, Catherine Angiel.
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Drew Jarrett
A Soldier's Wife
NAME: Melissa Robinson, 28 SPOUSE: Petty Officer 1st Class Adrian Robinson, USN YEARS OF SERVICE: 15 HOMETOWN: San Diego MARRIED: March 3, 1999 CHILDREN: Zackary, 6; Spencer, 3 NUMBER OF TIMES SPOUSE HAS BEEN DEPLOYED: 3 LOCATIONS: Iraq, Egypt LAST TIME YOU SAW YOUR SPOUSE:"I haven't seen my husband in seven months. We talk once or twice a month and e-mail a couple times a week. He will make a difference in the world somehow, and that makes it bearable." Top, $210, Diane von Furstenberg; earrings, $142, Lisa Levine.
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Drew Jarrett
A Soldier's Wife
NAMES: Marisol MacCheyne, 31, and Chelsee MacCheyne, 13
SPOUSE/DAD: GySgt. Kevin MacCheyne, USMC
YEARS OF SERVICE: 15
HOMETOWN: Cathedral City, CA
MARRIED: June 24, 1995
CHILDREN: Chelsee, 13; Aaliyah, 9; Kobre, 3; Cecilee, 1
NUMBER OF TIMES SPOUSE/ DAD HAS BEEN DEPLOYED: 1
LOCATION: Iraq
LAST TIME YOU SAW YOUR SPOUSE: "He's on break here at the base." "My dad was away for seven months, but he's back now. I like spending any time with him I can, from baseball games to quick drives to the hardware store. Anywhere." -Chelsee
LEFT: Dress, $795, Lela Rose; necklace, $3500, Armenta. RIGHT: Dress, $1995, PHI; necklace, $190, Helen Ficalora.
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Drew Jarrett
A Soldier's Wife
NAME: Crystal Jones, 21
SPOUSE: Sgt. Casey Michael Jones, USMC
YEARS OF SERVICE: 6
HOMETOWN: Rancho Cucamonga, CA
MARRIED: February 15, 2003
CHILDREN: Chloe, 3; Christina, 3 months
NUMBER OF TIMES SPOUSE HAS BEEN DEPLOYED: 2
LOCATION: Iraq
LAST TIME YOU SAW YOUR SPOUSE: February 22, 2006 "But I look at dozens of pictures of him every day."
"Casey is over there protecting my ability to raise our girls in a safe environment. That keeps me motivated to keep them squared away and ready to have fun with him when he does return."
Dress, $525, Jill Stuart; earrings, $445, Tenthousandthings.
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Drew Jarrett
A Soldier's Wife
NAME: Laura Roescher, 20
SPOUSE: Cpl. John Roescher, USMC
YEARS OF SERVICE: 3
HOMETOWN: Burbank, CA
MARRIED: September 2, 2005
NUMBER OF TIMES SPOUSE HAS BEEN DEPLOYED: 1
LOCATION: Japan
LAST TIME YOU SAW YOUR SPOUSE: "He's currently on base." "Knowing that we can start our lives together again keeps me motivated when he's away."
Coat, $678, Wyeth by Todd Magill; dress, $2600, Luisa Beccaria.
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Drew Jarrett
Love is a Battlefield
NAME: Jennifer Wilkerson, 29
SPOUSE: LCpl. Timothy Wilkerson, USMC
YEARS OF SERVICE: 3
HOMETOWN: Broken Arrow, OK
MARRIED: August 8, 1998
CHILDREN: Jaycie, 4; Jack, 2; Julie, 1
NUMBER OF TIMES SPOUSE HAS BEEN DEPLOYED: 0
"My husband graduated boot camp the day I went into labor with our son, Jack. He barely made it home in time."
Shirt, $68, Banana Republic; necklace, $175, Doyle & Doyle; bracelet, $600, cuff, $6430, Me&Ro.
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Drew Jarrett
A Soldier's Wife
NAME: Tammy Sandoval, 36
SPOUSE: Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Sandoval, USN
YEARS OF SERVICE: 7
HOMETOWN: Gloucester, VA
MARRIED: November 9, 1996
CHILDREN: Seth, 15; Shannon, 8; Amber, 6
NUMBER OF TIMES SPOUSE HAS BEEN DEPLOYED: 1 LOCATION: Iraq
LAST TIME YOU SAW YOUR SPOUSE: June 12, 2006
"I know he'll be back. Family life must continue, and I try to give my children positive thoughts of Dad's return."
Cardigan, $129, MICHAEL Michael Kors.
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Drew Jarrett
A Soldier's Wife
NAME: Ashley Groke, 20
SPOUSE: Seaman Mitchell Groke, USN
YEARS OF SERVICE: 1
HOMETOWN: St. Louis
MARRIED: September 9, 2006
NUMBER OF TIMES SPOUSE HAS BEEN DEPLOYED: 1
"My husband was deployed to Iraq a week after we were married. When we were engaged we'd speak almost every day, but I saw him just once in the two months as he prepared for deployment."
Coat, $868, Emporio Armani; dress, price upon request, Chloé.
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Drew Jarrett
A Soldier's Wife
NAME: Caitlin Ramirez, 19
SPOUSE: Sgt. Mark Ramirez, USMC
YEARS OF SERVICE: 4
HOMETOWN: Twentynine Palms, CA
MARRIED: April 15, 2005
NUMBER OF TIME SPOUSE HAS BEEN DEPLOYED: 1
LOCATIONS: Iraq
LAST TIME YOU SAW YOUR SPOUSE: "He's on base now."
"Four days after our wedding, Mark received one day's notice and was sent to Iraq for 13 months. Fortunately, he came home for two weeks halfway through his deployment."
Top, $391, pants, $322, belt, $165, Jovovich-Hawk.
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Drew Jarrett
Love is a Battlefield
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