Janitha playfully reaches through one of the locker holes to touch Brad’s finger on the other side. Janitha’s father was in the military and she witnessed his struggles to reintegrate into civilian life after deploying. She worries about Brad missing important moments in the kid’s lives and especially the birth of their fifth child. Unlike the first deployment, the Allen’s have found a community within the base and have huge support from many other military families and service members, “this one is different because we didn’t have anyone during the first one which made it harder.”

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