The military lifestyle is unique in that many milestones like holidays and birthdays are missed. And for the children, many challenges arise, especially when both parents are service members. They are often faced with nontraditional circumstances.

Peter says, “We ask them to grow up faster sometimes because of the circumstances we are in.” Monika adds, “I don’t know that I remember saying goodbye to as many friends as my kids have until I was leaving for college – they are saying hello and goodbye to so many different people.”

 

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