It's been several months since Royal Anglian soldiers left home to go on tour and while it's a difficult time for families left behind there is a lot of support out there for them.
The Welfare officer of the 1st Battalion the Royal Anglians, whose regimental headquarters is in Bury St Edmunds, says much more intention is paid to the needs of families these days.
Day trips are regularly organised and activities are arrranged every week. The army works closely with the local schools to ensure they are involved as well.
Speaking at one of the army's coffee mornings, one Royal Anglian soldiers wife said:
While the army keeps a close eye on the welfare of military families, the Viking Support group is another way for relatives to share what they are going through. It was set up in 2008 by the mother of two Royal Anglian soldiers, Alison Burgess from Bury St Edmunds and a friend. They now have more than a thousand members from all over the world.