Many soldiers who are deployed will spend the holidays away from their families this year, so one local photographer is doing what he can to help them feel a little bit closer to their loved ones. Complimentary patriotic portraits are sure to put a smile on some soldier's faces.
"It's a time when you're here with family and friends and happiness, and he's a part of the family that's not here to share in the joy," says Gloria Nieves, brother deployed in Fallujah.
So, First Class Private Edward Garcia's family is coming to him in the form of a portrait -- all the way to Fallujah thanks to Ken Porter, who says this is his way of supporting our troops.
"I really feel this is the least I can do is to help the families here who also need our support," says Ken Porter, K. Porter Photography.
"We're very grateful that he's doing this and anything to support our troops," says Veronica Garcia.
Private Garcia has been away since March and his family expects his return in early 2005. Until then, they hope this surprise picture will provide comfort.
"It's a way of him seeing us. We can't be there with him, but this picture will get there and hopefully bring a smile to him."
In just a few short weeks, Private Garcia will have a picture to remind him of those who love him back home.
"I hope he shows it around. I hope he likes it," says Private Garcia's sisters.
Once again, the portraits are free. Anyone with a family member who is deployed is welcome to participate. To make an appointment, you can call (806) 797-6789.
One session will be held at the Armed Forces Reserve Center on Saturday, December 4th from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Ken would like to encourage families to wear red, white, and blue for the pictures.