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11-11-11 and the Drama of the Military Theater

Veteran’s Day evokes a sense of loyalty and sacrifice, but the pathos and losses behind the scene cannot be forgotten. My brother-in-law is currently serving in Afghanistan on his third overseas tour. He has been away this time for over a year, and two months ago his first child, baby Jane, was born. He came home briefly to see her sweet face enter the world, and two weeks later was back with his men overseas, leaving his very brave wife at home with a newborn.

I say that not to evoke pity for taking care of a newborn alone or a soldier dutifully leaving to serve but to shed light on a very real situation that so many military wives face every day. It is a bit mind-boggling to think about adding up all of the time all of our soldiers in our country have spent away from their families.