It's been a little over a week since my wife left on a business trip, and we're going bonkers. Just imagine not seeing your kids, your entire family, maybe even your unborn kid, for up to 18 months.
That's the increasingly common experience of military dads, who face the difficulties of leaving and being away and coming back on top of the real risk of being killed.
Two articles give a taste of what it's like:
Scotty Hicks got permission to leave his pre-Iraq training to attend the birth of his first kid. [WATE-TV]
Dads coming back from duty need to adjust to 'new' families [Macon Telegraph]