If this doesn’t rip your heart out, then you don’t have one:

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Some things are just not allowed when soldiers are standing in formation. One of them is 4-year-old girls.

However, there was no soldier stern enough to pry Paige Bennethum of Laureldale, Pa. from her father as he prepared to leave last July for a year-long deployment in Iraq.

… Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Brett Bennethum was preparing to depart from Fort Dix, N.J., for Iraq, leaving behind his pregnant wife and two little girls. His family was there to see him off. His commanding officer didn’t have the heart to tell Paige she had to let go of her daddy.

“I didn’t want to let go of him,” she told NBC Philadelphia.

Remember the families in your prayers, as well as the soldiers themselves, all of whom sacrifice so much not only to keep us free, but so we all don’t have to live through heartbreaking moments like this.

After what we witnessed this past week, it pains me to see millions and millions of dollars thrown at people who have no intention of ever doing anything with their lives, don’t know or care about where that money comes from, and have no appreciation of what it means to be an American — while people like those in the photo above often can barely scrape by financially. What a travesty.

(h/t Cassy Fiano)

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