Military wife speaks out about delayed deployment for Iwo Jima Amphibious ready group

Posted at 11:29 PM, Nov 19, 2012
and last updated 2012-11-19 23:29:45-05

Angela Devore has her hands full with two kids including a 1-year-old and a one-month-old.

She's been able to juggle the two during her husband's five-month deployment.

"I'm ready for a little bit of a break," Devore said.


The break she so badly needs, and the homecoming she's been dreaming of have been delayed.

The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, which carries Devore's husband, was supposed to be back next week.

Now it's returning the Mediterranean. It's on stand-by to assist Americans leaving Israel in the coming days.

"So it's just sitting and waiting and hoping for safety for all the sailors on board," Devore said.

Angela's husband, OS-2 Thomas Devore, had already missed the birth of their son, Thomas.

The uncertainty of when this family of four can get to normal weighs on the young mother.

"Like my heart fell out of my chest," Devore said.

Little Charlotte turned one while her father was deployed.

"She was bald when he left," Devore said.

Now with a full head of hair, the only thing that can match her energy is her cuteness.
Angela isn't disappointed just because she needs another helping hand around the house, or because she wants to see her husband.

Any day longer at sea for Charlotte's dad is another day where Angela doesn't get to see the little girl run into her father's arms.

"Her first words were Da' Da', and when she sees pictures of him, she lights up and just her smile and everything, she absolutely just loves seeing him on Skype when we're able to," Devore said.