Ask 9-year old Valerie Gonzalez of Alhambra, Calif., about her father's job, and she flashes a toothless smile.
"I like it. My dad knows how to protect me," she said of Army Master Sgt. Juan Gonzalez, a member of the California Army National Guard, who recently returned from a tour of Kosovo. "Daddy protects California."
But Valerie's mother, Denise Gonzalez, recalled that the first-grader had a different reaction when her father initially deployed.
"Some of the kids in Valerie's class would...Full Story