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I lived the first five years of my life as a daughter of an Army soldier. Daddy served in the Army from 2003 to 2009. At Fort Leavenworth, Kan., a warm, sunny area, daddy worked in an Army lab where he did blood tests and other kinds of tests to see what's wrong with people. I loved being around the Army when I was a kid. Now I am writing about how being around the military changed our family.
When dad worked in the small and slightly smelly Army lab, he got to go home for lunch. This made me glad to be around him. I know that some kids who have Army parents have lost or missed their parents because of their bravery to defend the country in the military service. I knew I was lucky to have a dad who was near and alive. I liked to see his lab and discover cool machines. It made me interested in science, and I enjoyed learning about how things work, many good things that people have invented and all the work being done to help people.
We lived in a small, brown house in an Army base called Fort Leavenworth. It made me feel safe and feel that the Yanks would protect us. I liked to look at Yanks' neat, colorful and patch-covered uniforms. It reminded me that they will go into battles in dangerous places like Afghanistan, do hard training, and that they are brave and will protect us. It also made me realize that brave soldiers like them have protected this country for many years since the Revolutionary War.
We lived very far from my grandparents, I-Mom and Granddaddy, who lived in Virginia. This made me love my family, who lived far away. They spent a long time and a lot of money to visit me. This shows they really love me, and it makes me feel important. It took two days driving to get to their house. It was a special treat to go to Virginia to visit them.
When my dad left the Army, he had to move to get a new job. He is a history doctor, and he got a job as a historian for the Army at USASOC at Fort Bragg, an area crowded with Ranger, Special Forces and paratrooper Yanks, big in size, and busy with cars. If he hadn't been stationed in Kansas, he wouldn't have joined K-State University to become a history doctor. We had to leave friends such as Elijah and Penny, whom I had in Kansas. That helped me to love and appreciate my friends. I will always remember and enjoy the time I have with my friends. Our family is closer than most because we've had to depend on each other and work together. That is how my dad's military service changed me and my family.