Specialist William Peterson, of Muscatine, Iowa, a soldier with the U.S. Army Reserves 389th Engineer Company, hugs his wife Brandy, before departing Sunday from the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Middletown, Iowa. The soldiers were heading for Fort McCoy in Wisconsin where they will make final preparations and train before heading to Iraq. (AP Photo/The Hawk Eye, John Lovretta) (John Lovretta/AP)

The Washington Post is kicking off a live online chat series Wednesday geared toward bringing military families together to discuss issues affecting them on a daily basis. Chat with Himel-Nelson from Blue Star Families at noon every Wednesday about issues like helping a child cope with a deployed parent, taking care of a wounded servicemember, financial distress and more. You can also get advice from Stephanie, who has played the role of military child, spouse and mom over the past 30 years, or give advice to other chatters struggling with the military lifestyle.

In this week’s chat, “Mil Life: The hardest part of being in a military family,” tell Stephanie what you think is the hardest part of being in a military family, give and get advice and suggest future topics for discussion.

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