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  • The Holliday Family | The Homefront

    Learn about issues for military spouses in this clip from The Homefront. Command Master Chief Petty Officer Veronica Holliday is the senior enlisted leader on the USS Wayne E. Meyer, a guided-missile destroyer based in San Diego, CA. A first-generation Mexican immigrant, Veronica has deployed around the world, and is one of a very small number of female sailors to have attained the highest enlisted rank. Her husband, Michael, has supported her and has been a stay-at-home father to their three children, Jasmine (16), Michael, Jr. (14), and Breayanna (6). Michael acknowledges the sacrifices he has made to his own career, but is proud that he has helped Veronica succeed in the Navy while also helping to raise their children.

    Grades: 6-12
  • The Faris Family | The Homefront

    Learn about the effects of war on military families in this clip from The Homefront. Over a 30-year career, Command Sergeant Major Chris Faris, the former senior enlisted leader of the United States Special Operations Command, has deployed repeatedly to combat zones, beginning with the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993, and continuing through Afghanistan and Iraq. During the period between 2002 and 2011, the longest period of time that Chris was home in any single year was 89 days. The frequency and difficulty of these deployments caused enormous stress in Chris's relationship with his wife Lisa and his daughters, a struggle that the couple openly discuss. Ultimately, by deciding to seek counseling, the Farises improved their family life—and by telling their story publicly, they hope to improve the lives of other military families as well.

    Grades: 6-12
  • The French Family | The Homefront

    Learn about the challenges of the military lifestyle for kids in this clip from The Homefront. Army Colonel Jeffrey French, his wife Kathy, and their three children Kyle (20), Sarah (19) and Annemarie (13) are currently stationed at the Army War College in Carlisle, PA—their eleventh duty station. For the kids, these moves have meant leaving friends and changing schools frequently—as many as nine, in Kyle's case. While deployed to Afghanistan in 2009-2010, Jeff's unit suffered many casualties, and several of its soldiers were found guilty of war crimes. Despite this challenging period, the Frenches remain committed to the Army—particularly their son, Kyle, who is following in his father's footsteps and is now a third year cadet at West Point.

    Grades: 6-12
  • The Lee Family | The Homefront

    Army Sergeant Jamie Lee and his wife Lisa—a former Army Sergeant—are currently stationed at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Shortly after they married, Jamie deployed to Afghanistan with the Third Special Forces Group and was nearly killed when his vehicle was hit by an RPG in a roadside ambush. After undergoing multiple surgeries and a long course of physical therapy, and dealing with the emotional scars of war, Jamie's goal is to return to deployable status—which he achieves when he receives notice that he is once again slated to deploy to Afghanistan. Although he is excited to contribute to his unit's mission, Jamie and Lisa express concerns about what another potentially dangerous deployment will mean for their family.

    Grades: 6-12
  • The Gonzales Family | The Homefront

    Learn about the reintegration process in this clip from The Homefront. Marine Gunnery Sergeant Ramiro Gonzales returns from an eight-month deployment aboard the USS Boxer and is reunited with his family: his wife, Misty, and their three children, Alex (10), Lillie (2), and Hunter (7 months)—who Ramiro is meeting for the first time. After this joyful and exciting homecoming, Ramiro and Misty face the challenges of reintegration as they return to the routines of family life. After a difficult period of adjustment, the family settles into a comfortable rhythm. Soon afterward, Ramiro unexpectedly gets orders to Iwakuni, Japan—but the family is excited for this new chapter in their lives and look forward to a new adventure.

    Grades: 6-12
  • The Noble Family | The Homefront

    Learn about National Guard families in this clip from The Homefront. After returning from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan in 2013, Air National Guard Senior Master Sergeant Peter Noble promised his wife, Sarah, and daughters, Kalin (13) and Kiera (11), that he would never deploy again. However, Peter is given the opportunity to be promoted to Chief Master Sergeant, a lifelong career goal, if he re-enlists in the Air National Guard for another three-year term. The challenge is that promotion comes along with the very real possibility of one more long overseas deployment. Together, the family wrestles with this decision, ultimately deciding to stay in the Air National Guard. In October 2014, Peter accepts the promotion with his family's support.

    Grades: 6-12
  • The Petty Family | The Homefront

    Learn about dual military families in this clip from The Homefront. Air Force Technical Sergeant Sherrika Petty, and her husband, Staff Sergeant Renner Petty based at Joint Base Charleston face a unique set of challenges as a dual-military family. Together they work to balance their military responsibilities and parenting responsibilities for their six-year-old daughter Kylie. As a dual military couple, the possibility of deployments is always looming and they discuss the plans necessary to ensure Kylie is cared for. Both Renner and Sherrika talk about their appreciation for the benefits offered by the military—in particular, the heath care, which helps to pay for the extremely expensive medication Sherrika takes for a medical condition.

    Grades: 6-12
  • The Gruba Family | The Homefront

    Learn about military families and deployment in this clip from The Homefront. Army Staff Sergeant Leo Gruba and his wife, Serena, are stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Seattle, where she is a nurse at the military hospital on the post. They are expecting their second child while also preparing for Leo's sixth deployment overseas. When Serena develops a serious medical condition two weeks before Leo is scheduled to deploy, his commanders order him to remain stateside with his family. Leo is torn between his responsibilities to his family and to his troops, but when he is deployed a few weeks later, after the birth of his son Austin, he finds it difficult to leave his family. Meanwhile, Serena prepares to balance her work life with the parenting responsibilities of two children while Leo is gone.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Issues Facing Military Families | The Homefront

    Learn about the challenges faced by a new generation of military families in this clip from The Homefront. 20-year-old Army Reserve Specialist Samantha Van Fossen says goodbye to her parents and sisters as she prepares to leave the small town of Lodi, Wisconsin, for her first overseas deployment to the Middle East. Although Samantha is prepared and excited for her mission, she struggles with leaving her family. Later, senior military leaders and experts discuss the experiences of military families in the post-9/11 era.

    Grades: 6-12