Soldier raises comrades’ spirits while serving overseas

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

Holiday absences particularly are tough. 

"It never gets any easier," Leonard said. "This (was) my fourth Christmas away from them."

However, distance does little to keep the couple apart. Leonard and Sheila communicate daily through Skype, a web-based video call service.

Family and friends also help. For instance, service members from nearby families taught both their children how to drive since their dad was unavailable. 

"The military is such an awesome support system," Shelia said.

One way or another, they make it work, the couple said.

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