Welcome and congrats on the new mini! I actually have a very similar story to yours, I got my first mini about 6 months ago when my boyfriend left for training to deploy. He is now also 3 months into a year long deployment in Afghanistan and the main reason I got my mini mare was to keep me busy while he's gone. It helps and she keeps my spirits up. Its nice to know there are other military horse people on here going through the same thing. Have fun with your new mini!