David Barber was 27 years old and a practicing attorney when he decided to enlist in the U.S. Army. He wanted to be a combat soldier, but with a law degree from Notre Dame, the Army decided to put him in the Judge Advocate General's Corps.
More than a decade later, once again a civilian, David asked if the Army needed him to go to Iraq. They did, and he went. He now teaches rules of engagement to soldiers at a base 40 miles north of Baghdad.
When he left this time, however, his mother lit a five point start, a Christmas decoration, in their living room window. She said she'll turn it off only when he comes home.
His parents also put up a sign in their front yard with David's name on it, a visual reminder to everyone who drives by of their support for their son and the job he's doing overseas.