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Photo by Sara Hacking Melony Butler of Deer Creek is a military wife and mother who has experienced the deployments of her husband and two sons since late 2004. She has assembled a collection of patriotic memorabilia in her home including photos of her sons in uniform.

Family service: Adjusting to deployments just part of life for Deer Creek clan

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Melony Butler didn't say goodbye when her husband deployed to Iraq in 2004. She didn't say goodbye when two of her sons deployed either.

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"None of us are good at goodbyes," she said. "We say, 'we'll see you later.'"

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