This portrait of the Kahlors family comes from the Backdraft project, which critically explores the domestic consequences of America's armed forces endeavors on military veterans and their families. Military families face so many challenges, many amplified by the unknown: finding and keeping a good job, caring for children, staying connected while separated by thousands of miles, helping a loved one who has returned from the war with wounds to the body or brain. Every family has a story; we would like to hear yours.
Tom Tarantino, senior legislative associate of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America; retired Army Captain and veteran of tours in Iraq & Bosnia
Tim Kahlor, father of Ryan Kahlor, an Army sergeant who served two deployments - 26 months, in Anbar province, Iraq, working with both the Army and the Marines. He left for basic training on March 18, 2003, the first day of the Iraqi invasion. He was 19 years old at the time. Ryan returned with traumatic brain injury, PTSD, hearing loss, nerve damage in both arms, a detached retina, and back and neck injuries
Debbie Nichols, took care of her two grandchildren while her daughter Erin, who was a single parent, was deployed to Afghanistan. She has written a book called "Deployed Grandparents Being Parents," providing military families positive tools for all stages of deployment and reintegration, and helped her granddaughters write their own book, "Deployed Kids."
Alejandra Rishton, who, with her husband Jeremiah, joined the Army in 2004. Jeremiah was deployed to Iraq in 2007 while Alejandra stayed at home; they had two children at the time and she was pregnant with their third.