Leaving Without Absence
Chris Jensen, deployed to Iraq three times, faces another deployment to Afghanistan on Dec. 27.
He and his wife, Holly, married nine years ago, have been separated for nearly half their
“You’re more scared that when you come back your kids aren’t going to remember who you are,“ Chris said.
He stays connected with his family by recording himself reading bedtime stories to his children.
Through these videos, they can see his face and hear his voice at the end of each day while he is away.
Nevertheless, Chris worries that his son, Ryan, might face challenges while transitioning from boyhood to manhood without his father.
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