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Minnesota National Guard
On the home front: Maple Grove dad keeps things together while wife serves in Kuwait (video)

Life is a bit of a juggling act right now for 38-year-old Eric Behr of Maple Grove Behr, a husband and father with a full-time job, is now "Mr Mom" too while his wife, Capt Sara Behr, serves a year-long deployment to Kuwait with the Minnesota National Guard

It's been about two months since Capt Behr and 2,400 other Minnesota Red Bull soldiers deployed to Kuwait and Iraq They're serving a year's deployment as part of Operation New Dawn, the official drawdown and end of all US combat missions in Iraq by the end of the year

For Eric Behr, the major challenge at home has been keeping the couple's two young daughters, 4-year-old Elise and 2-year-old Bryn, in their routine of daily life, which includes preschool
"For the most part, it's going pretty well," says Eric Behr "If they're tired and crabby, then it makes it a lot harder for me"

Several times a week, the Behr family does see Sara on the computer via Skype They try to keep up on each other's lives by sharing with Sara what the girls have been doing in school They also exchange packages via mail

"We try to send her something almost every week, or at least every couple weeks," says Eric

Still, it's a challenge for all parties to be so far away from each other Both daughters have a "mommy doll" complete with Sara's picture in military uniform 

The family is anxiously awaiting Sara's leave time in February when she will be able to come home for a few days The soldiers will return home for good late next spring or early summer

"We can't wait to see her in February, and then it won't be such a long time in between after that," says Eric

Alexandra Renslo reporting

September 20, 2011

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