While the sacrifices of fathers who go to war are well known, we often forget what the families sacrifice, especially the children. These are children who will not hear Dad’s voice or feel his hug for months at a time. These are dads who will not get to tell a child a bedtime story until their duty is complete.
This is the point Julie W. Easter expresses so well in My Military Dad. Using simple language she describes a child’s experience saying goodbye to his father who has been called to serve his country. They understand why he must go, but it does not help to hold back the tears. Read this book to a child you love. Imagine what it would be like to leave each other. Then the sacrifices of our military families will be very clear.
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“Even the strong military dads have tears in their eyes when they have to leave their families,” reads one page. “My military dad gives me one last hug and prepares to leave.” The book also tells the readers what they can do to support the families of those military dads. “I just hope I can get it into the right child’s hands,” said Easter. “It can teach a lesson to them and it can teach a lesson to adults who can read it to them.”
- - McDowell News, Marion, NC, Mike Conley, November 24, 2006