Chris Jensen, deployed to Iraq three times, faces another deployment to Afghanistan on Dec. 27.

He and his wife, Holly, married nine years ago, have been separated for nearly half their

“You’re more scared that when you come back your kids aren’t going to remember who you are,“ Chris said.

He stays connected with his family by recording himself reading bedtime stories to his children.

Through these videos, they can see his face and hear his voice at the end of each day while he is away.

Nevertheless, Chris worries that his son, Ryan, might face challenges while transitioning from boyhood to manhood without his father.

This is my multimedia piece from Mountain Workshops in Elizabethtown, Ky.

I was lucky to have Liz O. Baylen from the L.A. Times as my coach. She was wonderful.

Jake Stevens and Bethany Mollenkof also helped me with editing and gave me great ideas for shooting.

Jonathan D. Woods sponsored my tuition through his Mountain Workshops Scholarship.

And of course, the Jensen family were the best subjects that I could have hoped to find.

So, thanks everybody!

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