Talana, Willie and Felicia Banks

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.

Originally broadcast March 9, 2013, on NPR’s Morning Edition.