Shannon ~ The dress looked beautiful and that's such a heart warming picture.
JusteKate ~ I don't know about the security clearance and medical treatment for PTSD. I can see how that might happen, at least temporarily. I don't see the connection between that and marriage counseling. But, like Mae, I don't know. I do know that I go to counseling regularly and my dh comes when he can and it's never been an issue. No one at his work even knows unless he tells them. He does not have to report it to anyone. It's not through the Chaplain, though. The Marine Corps even has special marriage counseling type retreats that everyone raves about. It's considered good to go on one of those.
Mae ~ Glad baby stayed put until your dh made it home.
Kourtney ~ Since we just went through a similar situation I can tell you my experience. My dh was sent to OK for 7 months for a Captain's Course. It was considered a PCS move so we were expected to move. We didn't because his plan was to come right back where we are for another 3 years. We bought our home and we have LOs so it seemed ridiculous to move them for 7 months just to move right back again and we had no idea what we would do with the house in this market. So, we stayed and he went. It was very difficult financially because we had to pay for all of his living expenses there. He did not get any per diem or anything like he would if it were a TAD or whatever you call it. If we weren't planning to stay here, we all would have gone, probably (although I'm not a big fan of Lawton, OK).
By the way, since he just did a DiTY move I can tell you all what he has to turn in. He said he needs all his gas receipts and the weight of his vehicle with and without all his stuff in it. That's all for the Marine Corps but he said the other branches might require more.
I asked him about being close to any explosions that could have injured him and he said he never was. He saw and heard explosions. Was close enough that dirty rained down on him. But not close enough for it to cause a brain injury. And now he's upset with me for suggesting that he has a brain injury.