Little Girl Welcomes Soldier Father Home
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The photo, which represents the true cost of war, quickly gained nationwide attention, NBC Philadelphia reports. But this story has a happy ending, now that Paige Bennethum's dad, Staff Sgt. Brett Bennethum, has returned from Iraq.
Bennethum says a lot has changed in the year that he was away. "I can't believe how much she's grown," he says of Paige. "When I left, she was a lot more cuddly. Now she's a lot more teenagery."
He says he thanks his wife, Abby, for caring for Paige and their two other children, Lena and Chase, while he was in Iraq.
"I had a system for everything...and whenever he's not doing things the way I've been doing them, I wind up going 'I have a system and you're messing it up,'" she jokes.
Abby snapped the famous photo, which hangs throughout the family's home and around Paige's neck in a locket, NBC Philadelphia reports.
"Now I'm always gonna remember that he's going to be back after work every day," Paige says.
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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.