America's Scrapbook 2008

American Heroes: The Soldiers You Love

With Pooh Bears and big hugs, readers share the ways they salute their families in the military

LEAVING HOME

"Military families make sacrifices that only other military families can understand," writes Melissa McPike of Savannah, Ga. With daughter Kailey, 3, she saw off husband Chad, a Blackhawk pilot, in January as he left to finish a 15-month tour in Iraq. "The tears in Kailey's eyes give a glimpse to the pain in not only her heart, but the hearts of all children that have to say goodbye to their daddies for so long."