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Veterans Day photos: Military families

Monica Beyer is a mom of four and has been writing professionally since 2000, when her first book, Baby Talk, was published. Her main area of interest is attachment parenting and all that goes with it, including breastfeeding, co-sleepin...

Facing unique challenges as a family

On this Veterans Day, we sat down with veterans and their families to see what effect military life has on a family, and what motivates these brave men and women to serve our country.

Facing unique challenges as a familyDaniel and Toni

Toni, Daniel and Lanie from Fort Polk, Louisiana

Daniel is currently serving in the U.S. Army.

The hardest part about them being away is them missing out on everything you do. Birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Also if you have something very important to tell them you are not always able to. You are always waiting for them to get online or call.

His first tour was in 2003 and all we had was snail mail to keep in touch. It was rough, with maybe one phone call a month. After time and conditions improved overseas we were able to keep in contact with instant messenger and video chats.

Homecomings are hard to put into words. It's a feeling you can't describe to be able to see/feel his touch, his kisses again after months apart. And to see the look and happiness on your kid’s face to see Daddy is priceless. The hardest part about homecoming is letting them adjust back to normal life. Teaching them how you have been holding down the house and kids for the last year without making them feel left out.

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