“Dad”

I see a young man in fatigues, holding a baby and remarking, almost befuddled to himself:
“Dad…”

I see that young man in fatigues shipping out while a toddler cries for him:
“Dad!”

I see that toddler, now seven, seeing a war report on the TV and saying proudly:
“Dad!”

I see the seven year old, now a teenager, kneeling at a white tombstone and saying, sadly:
“Dad…”

I see the teenager, suiting up in his fatigues, back straight, nodding to a picture in the front hallway:
“Dad.”

I see a new man in fatigues, screaming in a foxhole:
“Dad!”

I see two white tombstones, side by side, as a young woman holds the hand of a new toddler and explains to the toddler:
“Dad”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2018/09/12/afghanistan-war-has-gone-so-long-people-born-after-sept-can-now-enlist/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.0ce423238f98

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