Smiley dogs and military kids
On this Veteran's Day, we honor the men and women who have and currently do keep our country safe. But it's also worth honoring the loved ones who keep the fires burning at home, trying to keep some semblance of normalcy going. This is especially prevalent in homes with kids. The support systems left behind are both a lifeline for loved ones, but also for those who are currently deployed or serving stateside.
I come from a Navy family. My Dad, an airplane mechanic for VP-8, travelled around the world while my mom and brother were left behind to wait out his deployment. When I was born, Dad had been in for nearly 15 years and he retired when I was about 6 years old.