My dad has been at war for four months now, but it feels much longer. He was my best friend, my father. We would have our days together, but now we can’t since he is fighting for you and me.

I think my dad is doing something really important. I’m very proud of him. Sometimes I wish he was here, but I’m glad he is fighting for the United States. I’m very happy he’s my father.

My dad was at Fort Leanerde Wood, Missouri. The base has a library, movie theater, a museum, and housing. It’s like a mini-town. I think my dad does amazing things, but this is the best.

written by a fifth grade girl in emotional response to her father being away during wartime in the Persian Gulf.