There is no doubt that military families have to sacrifice a lot, especially when a parent is deployed.
"Every time families move, children have to make new friends, get used to new schools, and find new clubs and teams to join," photographer Vanessa Hicks said. "So, I wanted to document a special moment with a little girl and the one person that she looks up to the most, the one person who fights for our freedom."
That's why it's extra sweet when these parents are reunited with their kids, for a special moment.
Navy Lieut. Andrew Bradstreet with his daughter, Aliya.
Air Force Captain Jake Sabin with his daughter, Lila
"We try to make the best of the moments we do have together because there will be times where I will miss a birthday, a first day of school, a concert or a sports event," Sabin said.