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Separated by war: the wives left behind




Sergeant Brian Deeds hugs his wife Nicole and daughter Clara, 18 months, after returning from a year-long deployment in Afghanistan, at Pope Air Force base March 16, 2010 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Sergeant Brian Deeds hugs his wife Nicole and daughter Clara, 18 months, after returning from a year-long deployment in Afghanistan, at Pope Air Force base March 16, 2010 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
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The toll of war in Iraq and Afghanistan is generally measured in casualties, but there's a more common cost to which we pay little attention – the families left behind. That’s why Steve Lopez has been visiting Camp Pendleton, reporting for the LA Times and SoCal Connected, on the “unheralded service of military spouses and children.” Guest host David Lazarus talks with Lopez about how these unsung heroes manage to hold down the family fort while their loved ones are deployed overseas.

SoCal Connected airs tonight on KCET at 8 pm, and Friday at 8:30 pm.

Guests:


Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times Columnist

Tammy Gallagher, wife of Tim Gallagher, a Marine Staff Sergeant in the 1st Battalion LAR- Light Armed Reconnaissance- who left yesterday for Afghanistan