As I have been deployed here in Iraq I've come to realize that deployments are actually a blessing for some people (notice I said some). I know it definitely isn't for everyone, and there can be some problems back home with deployments - but something I've noticed is that for some people it's a great thing.
I have the chance to talk with a lot of patients, and as I ask them what they do - I have had quite a few of the Reserve Component tell me that they were unemployed or underemployed back home. The deployments are a way for them to meet their financial obligations when they didn't have other options. One patient I saw today is a real estate agent in Tucson, Az. With the economy the way it was - he was having a hard time - he volunteered to deploy. Another patient I had on Friday is from a smaller town in Iowa. He has several degrees including a Masters, but has had a hard time finding a job for the last several years. Other Soldiers (both active and reserve) have told me that the deployments are a way for them to reach a financial goal (down payment on a house, car, motor cycle, pay off debt, wedding, etc...). Others have mentioned the deployment as a way to reach a professional goal (check the box type of thing for a future job). I have even met some in the Reserve Component who are now on their 4th volunteered deployment.
I fully understand that this may not be representative of a lot of deployed Soldiers (particularly active duty Soldiers since volunteering isn't as much as an option), but it did help me see a side of deployments that I hadn't seen before.