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Anny Pena and Jonny Pena

Marine Sgt. Anny and Staff Sgt. Jonny Pena met while stationed in Arizona.

After dating for a couple years they got married in 2007, and they were both active duty. But after their first child was born, they decided Anny would leave the military–and that Jonny would stay.

At StoryCorps, they talked about the challenges they faced as military spouses–and what it was like when Jonny came home from Afghanistan in 2012.

Originally aired July 4, 2015 on NPR’s Weekend Edition.