Daniel 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.