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Sarah Bullard with her four children, Liam, Fay, Olivia and Joshua. They bought a house in Bristol, R.I., but then Bullard's husband got orders to work at the Pentagon. So now they live apart. Bradley Campbell/WRNI hide caption

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A woman looks at posted job opportunities at a Denver employment office last Friday. Ed Andrieski/AP hide caption

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