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News 3 Special Report: Life on the Home Front


It's been more than a month since thousands of local 3rd combat aviation brigade soldiers headed to Afghanistan. While the soldiers are focused on the mission at hand their families are left to carry on the home front.

Margaret Lupton tries to keep life as busy as possible for her two sons so they don't have time to get sad about their dad not being home. With one son who's three and the other six-years-old life can get hectic.

"It's rough because after a while you get tired of refereeing and it really does get exhausting but you got to do what you got to do," said Margaret Lupton.

Lupton's had some practice handling her young sons by herself since this is her husband's second deployment, which comes with Corporal Jason Lupton missing special life moments.

"It was kind of hard for him missing Harley's birthday on all of us because we were all like three years ago you would have been on your way home and this year we're not that lucky," said Lupton.

The family tries to plan a lot of outings so their attention is diverted.

"I like to put the events on my calendar and have things to look forward to. The weekends, the boys and I look forward to, you know that's our time outside, we get out of the house do things together, we go to friends house, we have sleep overs, we go to parties, birthday parties," said Lupton.

Events also include getting together with other military families. Lupton along with other military wives and children are sending a huge Valentine's Day banner and candy to their other half overseas.

As time goes by Lupton said the stressful experience of her first deployment has helped her get through this one much better.

"I don't make a big deal about everything as in the last deployment. I'm just more laid back about it. "

Lupton also has her hands full to keep her preoccupied.

"I try to keep it more focused here at home, the things I got to do here, my to do list," said Lupton.

On Thursday at News 3 at 6 p.m. see how access to technology is making it easier for the Lupton family to keep their military dad in the loop while he's serving in Afghanistan.

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