Fathers and Sons

Deploying in support of military operations over the world can cause many hardships on Air Force families. Many male Airmen have been deployed during the birth of their children. Staff Sgt. Ryan Veith, who is holding his son R.J., missed the birth of his first son due to his recent deployment to Iraq from September 2007 to February 2008. According to him, it took about a week after his return for his son R.J to smile at him. Father and son are still working through the bonding process. Sergeant Veith is a military working dog handler for the 354th Security Forces Squadron Eielson, Air Force Base, Alaska. He Veith has deployed eight times and is set to leave for his ninth deployment this July. ( U.S Air Force photo by TSgt Eric T. Sheler)

PHOTO BY: TSgt Eric T. Sheler
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