Watching Them Leave

Thirty nine years ago I watched my husband who was a member of the 69th Infantry Brigade of the Kansas National Guard go to Viet Nam. I was left behind with a two year old son.

I now watch my daughter go through the same thing with her four year old son. I always prayed that would never happen but wars never go away. My daughter is luckier than most left behind as my son in law is serving a six month tour of duty for his Air National Guard Unit. Most families are separated longer. This is his second six month tour of duty there. He is currently in Baghdad.

No matter how long he's gone it's very hard on the family. It's difficult to run a house and raise children by yourself. A simple task such as mowing the lawn becomes hard with a four year old to watch. There's always constant concern for the safety of the person serving in Iraq and that is hard also.

I'm very proud of my daughter and son in law. It affects both families his and ours and they have our full love, support and help.

My prayers are with all the men serving and their families on this
Independence Day. God bless them all!

Effa Winkler

631 SW Commerce Pl. Topeka, Kansas 66615 phone: 785-272-6397 fax: 785-272-1363 email:
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