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Sgt. Alisa Ballard, 31, is an information systems analyst from Fort Hood, Texas, serving in Afghanistan. On Mother's Day, she plans to Skype with her 11-month-old son, Christian, who lives with her parents in Woodbridge, Va. (Kristina Wong/The Washington Times)

Sgt. Alisa Ballard, 31, is an information systems analyst from Fort Hood, Texas, serving in Afghanistan. On Mother's Day, she plans to Skype with her 11-month-old son, Christian, who lives with her parents in Woodbridge, Va. (Kristina Wong/The Washington Times)

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