For most of the Americans in the Persian Gulf war, Valentine's Day is a poignant reminder of loved ones thousands of miles away.

"I'm going into a corner and be depressed," said Tech. Sgt. Shirley Glaze, 43, of Riverdale, Ga. Her first wedding anniversary is Friday.She said her husband, Frank, teased her that he was going to eat the top of their wedding cake by himself. She said she persuaded him to wait until she gets home.

The military sold Valentine's cards in its base and post exchanges, and tried to deliver cards to and from home, but the difficulties of getting mail between the United States and Saudi Arabia means many cards won't make it in time.

One of the most popular cards features "Operation Desert Shield" in a heart on the outside and hearts being dropped by parachute from a plane on the inside.