Soldier raises comrades’ spirits while serving overseas

Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 10:16 AM.

"There are several here that are spending time away from families for the first time," said Leonard, who helps prevent comrades’ homesickness or helps them cope with it.

"We are a family and we always take care of each other," he said.

Missing home

"Being a military wife is a very challenging role," Leonard’s wife, Shelia, 47, said. "If our relationship isn't the way that it is, it wouldn't have lasted this long.”

Sheila, a Hurlburt Field civilian who served four years in the Air Force, met Leonard at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado.

Her husband — who has toured Afghanistan and Germany in his 29-year military career — has missed wedding anniversaries, birthdays and high school and college graduations.



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