Left behind: Navy families navigate life at home

15 Mar 2018

To get a better sense of what life is like at home while submarine crews are deployed, Day reporter Julia Bergman and photographer Sarah Gordon spent about five months shadowing two Navy families of sailors aboard the fast-attack submarine USS Minnesota as they navigated day-to-day life. According to one survey, 40 percent of military families experienced more than six months of family separation in the previous 18 months. We found that the hardships associated with submarine deployments are different for the families left behind than for those carrying out missions hundreds of feet below the ocean's surface.

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