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What are your Father's Day plans?

I am spending the actual day with my children, but I’ve been in Corpus Christi with my dad for the last week or so as I wanted to spend as much time as I could with my dad and then some time with my kids so they could be with me on Father’s Day.

What has your father taught you about being a parent?

My dad has taught me responsibility. He’s also taught me what is best for my kids, and as a father that I had to be there for my kids no matter what, even if I am struggling I put them first. I learned that from my dad.  My father has also given me his support, saying that he would be there throughout my journey as a father.

Do you think being a military father is harder than being a father with a different career? Why?

I don’t think it’s harder, I actually think it’s a better opportunity because of the benefits the military gives us and how they support us as fathers. In any job that you have, you’re still going to be away from your family at certain times. The hardest part is the deployment and training was difficult too for myself and my family. But the uncertainty of deployment is very difficult. It’s pretty much like a regular job except during deployment since you’d be away for 7 months at a time during which you miss holidays, birthdays and other important moments like potty training or a child’s first words - that was tough.

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