“How did it make you feel to leave us for your deployment?”

Nine-year-old Talana Banks, and her older brother, Willie, are Army children.

In 2005, their mother, Chief Warrant Officer Felicia Banks, deployed to Iraq and had to leave them behind, in care of their grandmother.

When they sat down for StoryCorps, Talana, Willie and Felicia looked back on that year.

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Music Info: 1986 by Fredrik from the Album Na Na Ni.
Produced by Yasmina Guerda
Facilitated by Chaela Herridge-Meyer
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