For many Americans, members of the military are often on the mind. But for some people, those service men and women have a place in the heart.
Sheila Hipp hadn't even been married to her husband Corey for a year when he was deployed to Iraq. He did get to witness the birth of their daughter Kayden, but she was only three months old when he left.
"When we found out, I was heartbroken because it was so quick," said Hipp.
Corey is a military working dog handler in the Air Force. He trains and works with dogs as they sniff for bombs in vehicles that enter the base, but this isn't his first time overseas. He's served in either Iraq or Afghanistan seven times in the last ten years.
"It's pretty overwhelming, considering what I do right now. I'm trying to get used to it. It's getting a little better," said Hipp.
In addition to being a full-time mom, Sheila's a full-time student with a full-time job. She says it's tough doing all that alone, but that it's harder knowing Corey is missing out on time with his daughter.
"He's not here to see her do her first roll-over or see her laughing all the time. I think it's very important that fathers get to see their children grow up like that," said Hipp.
Fortunately, Sheila can contact Corey via phone, Skype, and email, but of course, it's not the same as having him around. Naturally, Sheila supports her husband on his mission for his country. She says she feels support from him, too. As each day passes, Corey is never far from Sheila's mind.
"That's something I think about all the time. And I don't know what I would have done if anything did happen to him," said Hipp.