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Experience Less Traveled By

In May of last year my wife and I welcomed our beautiful daughter, Layla, into this world. Seven weeks later I deployed to Afghanistan and waved goodbye to her from the window of an airplane. Layla’s smile made the sun shine brighter from 7,000 miles away as I Skyped with my family.   I drooled at pictures of her beautiful dimples daily as I sat in my office day after endless day. Toward the end of my tour, in January of this year, Layla became ill with RSV and Influenza. My unit evacuated me out of Afghanistan and I was by her side within 96 hours. Her illness went from a typical cold on a Thursday to life threatening within a matter of ...