HARRISONBURG, Va. People across the Valley are thanking the male role models in their lives for all their support and guidance.
Carlos Robles is a local father and marine who shoulders the additional weight of serving his country, in addition to his family.
Growing up, Robles and his son loved playing soccer together. It is a tradition they shared together, whenever he was home from deployment.
Robles received his first call to deploy when his son was only three years old.
He said, it was challenging to miss many of his son's firsts, "He was just barely walking, so it was very tough and very emotional, especially when you have to leave."
Being gone anywhere from two to eight months, he had to rely on letters, the occasional phone call and the picture he kept in his pocket to remind him of his son.
"That's when it hits you and all these emotions start running into your head. You know, what's going to happen if I'm not able to talk to him? What's going to happen if he gets hurt while I'm not here," said Robles.
He said, as tough as it was, he needed to do it for his son's future. He wanted to provide a better lifestyle for him and be the role model his son can look up to.
"Letting him know that I'm always here, that I do love him and it doesn't matter where I'm at but I'm always here," said Robles.
Now that he's home, he said he is living in the moment enjoying the things they love to do together, including watching and playing soccer together. He said, they hope to one day be able to watch the World Cup in person.
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