More than four years ago, Melissa Block talked with high school guidance counselor Barbara Critchfield about the effects of long and repeated deployments on soldiers' children. Critchfield worked at Shoemaker High School in Killeen, Texas, the town surrounding Fort Hood. As the Afghan War hits the 10-year mark, Melissa checks back in with Critchfield, who now works at one of Killeen's middle schools.
The political consultants need to get paid, and that direct mail needs postage. Then there's the website and the campaign staff. These are the things candidates in the upcoming Virginia primary are spending big money on.
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