The sacrifice of America’s smallest soldiers

Cooper Waldvogel, age 3, has spent 2/3 of his life without one of his parents - both serve in the National Guard


Three-year-old Cooper Waldvogel has been a very patient young man. While his parents have both been serving, first one then the other, Cooper has grown up without both of his parents.

Cooper’s father, Adam, a member of the National Guard was in Afghanistan while mom Kathryn stayed home. When Adam returned, Kathryn shipped out.

That means that Adam and Kathryn had not been living in the same home for the past 19 months; that means that little Cooper hasn’t had both of his parents together for over one-third of his life.

The video went viral. And for good reason.

Thank you to the men, women and children who sacrifice so much for so many.

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