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OK it's not Father's Day it was just Mother's Day but the military has act test and that is.
Honoring our nation's military -- it's called the national fatherhood initiative.
And basal lacked who has the best father of the year they've got -- down about four finalists.
And we have a gentleman who is going to explain to us what there's always listen -- Carol.
Vice president for development and communications the national.
Okay you have had thousands of nominations for the equivalent of -- of the year warrior for a final.
Yes you we have 44 great finalists -- the world nominated.
Abide by their families we collected hundreds of nominations from around the country.
For this award it's -- -- that the national fatherhood initiative where a private nonprofit organization and we've been doing for several years now.
On the so this year one of our finalists the -- dragon family.
He Patrick -- dragon.
-- his wife became very ill at one point fairly recently and so he essentially had -- -- Basically become as as sole parent for their for their kids really take care of his wife take care of his children obviously he was serving our our nation in the military at the same time.
It just really didn't did an incredible job of balancing on all those all those duties.
Another one of our finalists sub or hero mind.
He's actually first immigration first.
-- generation immigrant to the United States and we really loved his story.
-- it's really kind of the American dream sort of story and as parents.
Came here and worked very hard to make sure that their son could you know build a life here for his own Stanley in the United States on -- -- of course serving in the military.
-- his wife just gave birth to their third child.
On so just another incredible story Charles -- -- another of our finalists.
He's a wounded warrior so he obviously has sacrificed a heck of a lot for our country.
But the thing that really kind of struck us about him was that.
Within 36 hours of having his leg amputated he was actually at his daughter's karate competition cheering -- on.
So I don't know about you but when I have a cold -- kind of out of commission for like three or four days and here's a guy who you know was serving his country overseas got injured had his leg amputated.
And within 36 hours was tearing his daughter on so just unbelievable levels of commitment two children and families on and then.
Are there finalist Kevin Phillips he.
He's just one of these guys that just like -- the every dad sort of guy.
Great outdoors you know up enough in Alaska really kind introduces children to that debt that is incredible part of of nature on.
Did you know all kinds of incredible things maturity stay connected to his children while he was deployed he would actually other of our finalists as well.
Recorded themselves on on you know of the dvds.
Doing reading bedtime stories for their children -- when -- when they went off on deployment their kids could have you know these videos dad -- to them.
So all four of these guys have just done amazing things to you know I'm not only serve our country but to be the best -- -- -- -- be for their children.
It isn't the talk to me about the special challenges that man in the military phase.
Not only being deployed -- trying to stay connected to their families.
Sure what are those challenges and and what is the military there to try to help them overcome them.
Yeah I mean we back in 2001 our organization the national fatherhood initiative actually started our deployed fathers and families program.
To really start providing specific support.
To the military tit for military fathers on.
And do what we found is that what these what -- really need.
Is -- into somebody intentionally talking to them about the fact that their fathers so that before they're deployed.
During their deployment and upon their return from deployment the receiving specific support.
Around -- you know those different aspects of their lives related to them being father's because if you talk to these guys.
The most important role that they have in their lives is is being a dad but unfortunately historically not really much has been done very specifically to support them around fatherhood is -- -- really trying to build resiliency.
In these families by supporting dads around fatherhood so parenting skills communication skills relationships.
Practical things like how do you stay connected while you're deployed as you know we're delivering that sort of service.
Through bases through the branches through the Department of Defense to make sure that these guys have the support that they need.
On in their -- -- stats.
Okay we'll Benson I think everybody is watching the show should be inspired by those -- dads and they can vote for their favorite dad by going to -- -- having fatherhood dot org.
So this is even better -- a beauty pageant you can vote for that dad of the year ending up from the United States concert.
Thank you so much for joining us and -- an uplifting story all of them sound like great dance.
-- are you great thank you so much.
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