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
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.
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.