Newlyweds happily married, sadly apart

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WASHINGTON, Ill. — Ron and Cynthia Martin of Washington have been married for 31 years.

“It’s been a beautiful wonderful thing and I want my kids to experience that too,” Cynthia Martin said.

Their daughter Alyssa Broughton married Tom Broughton this February.

While several newlyweds spend a lot of their time together, Alyssa and Tom spend it looking at a computer screen.

Alyssa met Tom while she was studying at the University of Lincoln in England. She said she knew he was the one she wanted to spend the rest of her life with.

They married in England, but she was forced to come back to the United States afterward as she waited for a visa to process.

Unexpectedly, her husband Tom lost his job, increasing her wait time of receiving the visa and being able to move overseas.

“I don’t think it should be quite so hard for a married couple to be together,” Alyssa Broughton said.

“She’s going to be here for a while which we felt is just really sad because when you’re newlyweds you want to be together,” Cynthia Martin said.

“Knowing that we didn’t really know when I was going to get back into the country now is just put a lot of strain on our lives, it feels like we’re kind of living life on pause instead of actually moving forward with things,” Alyssa Broughton said.

Ron and Cynthia stepped in hoping to reunite the couple, even if only for a few days, by flying Tom in for a visit.

“Whatever we can do we’re trying to do,” Ron Martin said.

“I think most parents want their kids to be as happy as possible,” Cynthia Martin said.

Ron and Cynthia recently sacrificed money from their retirement fund to buy the plane ticket needed for Tom to come to the U.S., but Cynthia is looking for a temporary job to cover that expense and relieve other financial burdens.

Cynthia said she can tutor, babysit, and she even bakes goods. You can message her on Facebook if you are interested in her services.

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