When Joshua Bertelson first spoke with Dick Gordon, he was 9 years old. His dad, an Army medic, had just been sent to Iraq for the second time. According to a Pentagon study, nearly 180,000 children have a parent serving overseas.
Now that Barack Obama and John McCain are talking about appropriate troop levels for missions in Afghanistan and Iraq, Josh's story continues to have resonance: what effect does the prolonged absence of a military parent have on a child?
Josh talks to Dick about how hard it is not having his dad around. They're joined later by Josh's mom, Cari, and one of his teachers, Maryann Williams.