Veterans HealthService Members' Experiences in Staying Connected With Family While DeployedDurham, Susan W. PhDAuthor Information The Catholic University of America, Washington, District of Columbia. The author thanks for the $2000 Grant from Epsilon Zeta, Sigma Theta Tau–George Mason University. Correspondence: Susan W. Durham, PhD, The Catholic University of America, 620 N. Michigan Ave, Washington, DC 20064 ([email protected]). The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Advances in Nursing Science: October/December 2015 - Volume 38 - Issue 4 - p 279-297 doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000090 Buy Metrics Abstract The purpose of this study was to describe the communication issues experienced by service members staying connected with families while deployed. Qualitative design guided data collection using interviews with 20 key informants who had been deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan. Inductive content analysis and NVivo software enabled data analysis. From the data, 5 main themes emerged: Creating Normalcy Through Connecting With Others; Understanding the Spoken and Unspoken; Connecting and Disconnecting; Changing Sense of Self; and Sustaining a Common Bond. A collective understanding of common communication challenges emerged that had an impact on service member/family relationships, mission focus, and safety. Copyright © 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.