Story is told through the perspective of a young Marine and his wife (both Jamaican immigrants pursuing the American Dream):
...She has conflicted feelings about her husband's deployment to Afghanistan. She's proud of him and appreciative of the financial stability his military service has brought the young family.As a veteran I may be biased, but I am continually impressed by our military personnel and their families and by the poise, dignity, and selfless sense of duty they have shown over the past 8 years.
The couple, both immigrants from Jamaica, plan to use his tax-exempt $30,000 reenlistment bonus to help buy a home. On-base child care for their son and daughter frees Alexsia Gray to study. She graduated last week from MiraCosta College in Oceanside and will study further to become a registered nurse.
Her husband has urged her to make "what if" plans in case something happens to him, including what to tell their son, Tore-Andre, 5, and their daughter, Kalissa, 18 months.
"Anyone who stays in pretty much accepts the fact that's the way of life," Ryan Gray said matter-of-factly.
Growing up in Jamaica, Gray had dreamed of joining the Marine Corps ever since seeing the classic John Wayne movie "Sands of Iwo Jima." After he came to the United States, he said, "it was either boot camp or bust."
Alexsia Gray, 31, puts it differently: "I love him, and he loves the Marine Corps"...